Our featured interview by In City Magazine's LaToria Lightner.
Please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My name is Yanelin M Valdez and I’m the Founder/CEO of an organization called – MN COVID-19 Resource Connect (MNCRC) . I am a survivor of the foster care system, human trafficking and homelessness in Saint Paul, Minnesota. One of my goals and objectives for starting this organization was to create a safe space for black and brown, urban cities and communities throughout Minnesota who are continuously at the bottom of the totem pole in gaining or accessing truthful information and valuable resources that work.
Yanelin, what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from others?
Everything I do is about creating change and showing it through my actions. I’m interested in continuing to learn and grow as an entrepreneur and focus on what I do best and my incremental progress. I have been through so much that I will never allow my past (or anyone) to dictate my future. I’m proud of the woman I am today.
What is “failure” and “success” for you?
Failure is when you totally give up on yourself , not willing to change and you’re not learning from anything or anyone when you are running into obstacles of failure. On the other hand, success can be reached through failure. Success for me is achieving goals that I set for myself and pushing through any obstacles that try to stop me from achieving.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
MN COVID-19 Resource Connect (MNCRC) collaborates with other organizations throughout Minnesota to continue strengthening our community to make sure no one is left of receiving essential items, family fun game packages, women beauty care bags, men grooming care bags and seniors care bags ( 2 times a month). Other services include transitional navigators, advocacy Financial Literacy, Enterprenal/Business guidance and more.
What excites you right now
What excites me right now the most is when I feel like I’m learning something and becoming a better human being everyday.
Yeap, we are in a pandemic, BUT what’s the best thing that has happened to you this year?
Learning the true meaning of self-care.
What ONE thing would you like for our readers to take away from this feature story, about you?
Anyone can step out of obstacles that are not allowing you to progress and walk right into success.
How can our readers connect with you?
Email Address: Yanelin@mncrc.com
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