Housing coordinator, Men's HOUSING MANAGER, and peer Support Specialist
Michael Davis-Thomas is a former foster youth that serves as a peer support specialist and the men's transitional house manager for River Jordan. He uses his experiences with the foster care system to advocate for foster youth. Michael is currently working on a double major in Political Science & Law with a minor in Public Administration. He has worked closely with the National Foster Youth Institute (NFYI) on issues such as homelessness and lack of education opportunities among transition age foster youth and has helped build a Foster Care caucus for the state of Michigan. Michael is a leader, inspiration, and mentor for foster youth in Bay County.
women's housing manager & peer support specialist
Foster Care Alumni, Jayonna Yahsha, is the women’s transitional house manager for River Jordan. She plans on using her experiences and background in foster care to advocate and uplift current and former foster care alumni. Jayonna is currently working on a degree in Psychology and plans to pursue a career as a Psychotherapist. She has advocated for many causes from substance abuse prevention to the importance of creative arts. Jayonna looks forward to using her past experiences in foster care to connect with other foster youth and help assist them in their own recovery journey.
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Social work interns
Social Work interns from Saginaw Valley State University in both Bachelor's and Master's programs serve as life skills coordinators and case managers at River Jordan. River Jordan runs 100% off the power and motivation of volunteers. Social Work interns assist River Jordan enrollees in developing individualized transition plans, creating monthly goals, understanding their rights, finding education or employment opportunities, finding needed resources, and developing community connections.
occupational therapy interns
Occupation Therapy interns from Saginaw Valley State University in the Master's program serve as life skills coordinators at River Jordan. River Jordan runs 100% off the power and motivation of volunteers. Occupation Therapy interns assist River Jordan enrollees in developing individualized transition plans, creating monthly goals, understanding their rights, finding education or employment opportunities, and host life skill training sessions.