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Life & Work with Monica Kelly

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Kelly.  

Hi Monica, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello  my name is Monica Kelly. I was born and raised in Southeast San Diego and my 2 brothers by my grandmother. Growing up In Southeast San Diego I made some  mistakes growing up. I struggled with what a lot of young girls today deal with, such as abandonment, low self-esteem,anxiety,  and many other insecurities, which lead me down the wrong path. Because of my choices I needed to change my life. I started going back to church, reading a lot of self help,self love books and listening to audibles and of course reading The bible. I had a vision I wanted to mentor to girls who were dealing with the same or similar challenges like myself growing up. In May of 2018 I started a girls youth organization called FreshSoil Mentoring and Transitional Center. FreshSoil Mentoring and Transitional Center is a Non Profit organization program. It is a 6 week program that specializes in girls in gangs, or have some gang affiliations.

FreshSoil Mentoring we also assists teen mothers with resources such as clothing, housing , one -on -one mentoring, job resources, and peer on peer mentoring. Fresh Soil has given me a positive platform to share My testimony with so many young girls in the San Diego region and Beyond. It was through the grace of God  I was given a second chance to change my life for the better. I love being that beacon of light for young women.

I want them to understand they are not alone and change is available when one is truly ready.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Like everyone else who has a business or wants to start one, it has not been a smooth road. I’m always trying to find other ways to connect with like minded people who are interested in the same vision that I have been given.  Many say they’re interested yet few have stepped up. Funding is another challenge we’ve faced.

Obstacles: My biggest obstacle: Is time, while working a full time job and raising 3 of my grandchildren gives me less time to focus on building this organization to its fullest compatibility.  I’d love to one day retire and go full time with my mentoring program.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Fresh Soil Mentoring, is a faith based no judgement organization. I’m currently focusing on creating a program for our younger generation girls ages 8-12 years old and  looking to launch our first Independent living home for formerly trafficked women.

I am most proud of myself for turning my pain into purpose. Working for a company for nearly 23 years,  winning Black Girls Rock Award in 2017. and receiving several awards of merit at my job at MTS.

What set me apart from others. Honesty we all have our struggles to set us apart in a very unique way. Our stories are similar, some with good outcomes, some unfortunately not so good. I’m just proud I was one of the ones who wanted something different . I’m not perfect by far  however I strive on a daily basis to be the very best if not The Best version of myself.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
I Ihave a New hobbie. I  listen to audiobooks  like, Affirmations for Black Women, Lisa Nichols, No Matter What, Cissy Tyson’s Memoir” Just as I am, and Tabatha Brown: Feeding the Soul, Love and relationship advice.Stephen Speaks, The 5 love languages,  Iyanla Vanzant: Until Today. Let me not forget of course The bible. I’m listening to  Judge Lynn Toler: Dear Sonali Letters to The Daughters I Never had. One of My favorite scriptures is 

Ecclesiastes 9:11. The race is not given to the swift or to the strong but to the one who endures to the end…

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Phat Camp women and girls
FreshSoil

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