by Alan Rollins, National Narrative Shifter, FII-Detroit
FII site: Detroit
Tracey Joyner epitomizes the quote by Ghandi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Joyner has been a Detroit FII member since April 2018. Joyner states she is driven by helping her community reach its full potential. Joyner states she has a passion for helping others and you can definitely see it demonstrated in her interactions on UpTogether.
Joyner frequently posts encouraging words on UpTogether. Joyner states she wants to see others do their best. Joyner wants the people in her community to live up to their potential and reach their goals. Joyner is training to become a Life Coach and plans to have her certification by the Summer of 2019. Joyner states she is a minister and uses her platform to counsel and conduct outreach in her community. Joyner expressed she sees the best in people and wants them to see it as well. Joyner indicated she is dedicated to community building. She stated that she wants to fill in the gap for women and children in her community that need a helping hand.
Joyner expressed she is attracted to FII, because of how it is structured to enable the community to thrive. Joyner stated she finds FII to be a model that focuses on goals which leads to follow through, produces self-accountability, and demonstrates support with the added bonus of a stipend. Joyner is committed to building up the people in her community and finds the structure of FII beneficial is doing so. Joyner has definitely found herself by serving others.
The National Narrative Shifters are FII families that want to take the lead on advocating for FII’s approach of direct investment in family initiative and fostering of self-determination and supportive relationships. National Narrative Shifters collect stories of the hard work and initiative happening in their communities. Using FII’s data to corroborate the stories and leveraging FII’s blog and media networks and channels, they are creating a compelling national story on what families actually need to achieve economic mobility. This story was written by one of our 2019 National Narrative Shifters.