Janell Johnson was promoted to director of education and training with Baltimore-based nonprofit Vehicles for Change.
Johnson was previously a senior program manager with the organization.
In her new role, Johnson is responsible for oversight and direction of the organization’s Full Circle automotive training program. Launched in 2015, Full Circle provides second chances to formerly incarcerated men and women through a four-month internship that provides Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) classroom training and connects them with jobs upon graduation. Since it began, more than 130 people have enrolled in the internship, 100 percent of whom completed the training and found meaningful employment.
Johnson will lead the program’s case management and recruitment efforts, metrics tracking and grant reporting, relational development with hiring automotive repair businesses and dealerships – and, overall, drive the Full Circle program’s growth and expansion efforts.
A community activist and single mother of four, Johnson’s Vehicles for Change journey began in 2012 when she found herself limited by a lack of reliable transportation. It was then she found herself a beneficiary of Vehicles for Change’s flagship program, where vehicles donated by the public are repaired by the organization and awarded at a low cost to low-income families. Her 2005 Honda Odyssey, “Stella,” which she still drives today, served as a catalyst for Johnson to find a stable career in social services prior to coming to Vehicles for Change in 2019.
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