Black History Month spotlight: “Rising Star – Twa’lea Jordan”

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Black History Month Spotlight - Twa'lea Jordan is proud to recognize “Mrs. Twa’lea Jordan” as a rising star in Black History Month- Honoring Community Achievement. Our senior staff writer, Donna Ramos had the opportunity to briefly chat with Mrs. Jordan about her service in the community.

RAMOS: What community service projects do you have planned for the future?
JORDAN: Last December we held the Mommy and Baby Shower event, this May we will host another shower enlisting more corporate sponsors so we have more gifts to give out and partner with another nonprofit to make it bigger and better.  We also host workshops helping women who want to prepare for the workforce.  Our aim is to help foster growth in all areas of their life.

RAMOS: Why is Black History Month significant to you and why should we celebrate it?
JORDAN: It is important because it is a time to showcase positive things of the Black community and our impact on this world.  We have significantly impacted medicine, music, etc.  We need to not only educate African American kids but other kids as well.  Some grown people don’t know our accomplishments for that reason we need to education other nationalities as well.

RAMOS: Why is it so important to have mentors and to be role models for our youth, especially young ladies?
JORDAN: They need to see it working and in place.  I speak a lot to youth, seeing me makes it more clear in their mind because it’s not just someone hypothetically telling them what to do.  I am only 28 but I have a lot of experience under my belt.  I have used lots of scholarships to get where I am, there’s somebody who needs to know their options.  It only takes one person to tell others about what is out there and available.

RAMOS: What do you think the African American community lacks most and how do you suggest we address this?
JORDAN: Mentoring, we need more people to enforce the importance of mentoring.  Personally, if I didn’t have people in my past and I didn’t recognize the need for them to be in my life, I would not have gotten this far.  We need to stress this like we stress education, it is very important.  If you don’t see someone in a position you want, you can’t see yourself in that position.  Mentors are tools and skills to help you grow.

RAMOS: Do you think Black teen girls lack value in themselves?
JORDAN: A lot of teenage girls unfortunately are not being taught in home standards that should be taught.  How to deal with pressure, drugs and sex.  Parents must continue instilling good values in their daughters so they know they are more than just a cheap thrill.  We have a lot of young woman who lack value in themselves.

RAMOS: Is there any step in your journey you would change if you could?
JORDAN:I don’t think so.  Everything I’ve gone through, positive or not contributed to who I am today.  God has a plan; at every moment I’m where I’m supposed to be.

RAMOS: What inspires you now?
JORDAN: The babies that come into my practice, knowing the services we provide to their mothers will help them adopt.  I get to do what’s in the best interest of that child.

RAMOS: Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
JORDAN: Being a mom, setting a good foundation now to be better for my kids.  I plan on being at their school, being active in the community and mentoring young women.  I want to be a philanthropist, I would like for my practice to grow so that I can finance other young girls’ education.

RAMOS: How do you stay in shape?
JORDAN: I do a lot of walking, in the military it was a lot of running but it’s bad on my knees.  So I promise myself to walk instead, my office is across from McKinley Park so I get to keep my promise in a beautiful atmosphere.

RAMOS: How do you unwind?
JORDAN: Writing and I love spending time with my family, they keep me on my toes, laughing and sane.

RAMOS: What’s your favorite indulgence?
JORDAN: I love pedicures.  I love to eat and I love dessert.  My dad was in the military and I grew up in Japan.  My favorite foods are Soul, Korean, Thai, Japanese and Jamaican.

Ms. Jordan’s law office takes a community approach to legal services.  The Center for Family Formation offers comprehensive legal guidance to parents, intended parents, and those seeking counsel regarding children’s law, and family law.  For more information call (916) 444-3864.

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