Candace recently retired from fourteen years as a Family Program Specialist at the Northwest Suburban Integration School District. She created and implemented the “Essence Young Women’s Mentoring Program” for secondary girls and developed a professional development series for educators focused on “Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competency”. Candace has over forty years of work experience in the area of youth and families, working for the Minneapolis Park Board, YWCA of Minneapolis, African American Family Services, and PACER Center. She is currently a Community Educator, facilitating a wide variety of youth and adult groups and providing professional training to educators. Candace has degrees in social work and human services from the Metropolitan State University and a Liberal Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.