Myya D. Jones hasn’t even graduated from Michigan State University yet, but she’s already aiming her focus on bigger goals. The 22-year-old Detroit native has announced that she’ll be running for mayor.
“I have lots of plans for the neighborhoods,” Jones told The Huffington Post. “I want people to be able to walk down the street and go to the park. I want to clean up our streets and make sure we have block clubs and neighborhood clubs. I want to make sure people feel a responsibility to their neighborhood. Right now those things aren’t happening.”
— Myya D. Jones (@MyyaDJones) January 1, 2017
Jones has spent time in Washington D.C. as a Google Student Ambassador and an intern on Capitol Hill, which reportedly played a pivotal role in her career in politics. Her goal is to “give the voiceless a voice.”
While becoming the mayor of a major city is surely no easy task, overcoming obstacles isn’t anything Jones isn’t used to. In her life, Jones has been there for her siblings after it was discovered that her mother was battling bipolar disorder – which she would later be diagnosed with herself. She was also sexually abused as a child. But she now plans to use her own hardships as a motivator to help Detroit residents who are often forgotten.
According to her website, Jones is a proud product of Detroit Public Schools and a mental health advocate who hopes to use her experiences to give back to her hometown.
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