Over the next three weeks, you will learn about all four of our executive board members and the nine junior board members. Our series continues with our Director of Administrative Operations, Monica Patel.
Hi y’all! My name is Monica, and I am the Director of Administrative Operations at Project GIA. I am 26 years old, and have grown up in Stockton for most of my life. I moved away to San Jose for SJSU and lived there for 5 years of my life. While at SJSU, I studied Psychology, and have been working with children since then. I currently work as an ABA Paraprofessional for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and am doing my Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending time with family, practicing henna designs, and spending time at the beach.
Throughout my life, I have had many experiences in which I felt lost and confused about what I was doing. Whether it was in high school or college, I feel as though I just “winged it” in life. There have been many difficult moments, and challenges I faced, especially in college and I felt as though it was never ending. Coming from a Indian background, there were many cultural and societal expectations that I had to follow. After graduating from SJSU, I was hitting a phase of uncertainty of what career path to take, and what would keep my life balanced. I moved back to Stockton because I wanted to spend time with family. It has been three years being back, and I am happy to be here! A few months ago, I stumbled across a Project GIA Marketing Internship post on Indeed, and knew right then and there that I wanted to be a part of this organization. I was so excited to see that Mariah, and the mission of Project GIA stood for all I believed in!
Project GIA represents what Stockton needs, to empower the female youth. That was everything for me, especially feeling so lost during my developmental stages in life. Although parents can be supportive, I know when I was younger I didn’t really share much with them. Having proper guidance and support is crucial for a female teen, and Project GIA serves as that support! I am so grateful to be a part this organization of amazing women, and look forward to what the future has in store!
To find out more information on Monica or Project Gia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org .