"I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood". - Audre Lorde
Jenine Lemons earned a bachelor’s degree from Bennett College, where she graduated with honors and served as a National Institutes of Health Scholar (studying predictors of prejudice in Wollongong, Australia). While pursuing her undergraduate studies at Bennett, Jenine worked as an AmeriCorps pioneer volunteer, providing after school support for the Black Child Development Institute in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Jenine is a critical thinker who likes to examine the unexamined, and to help those in need whenever possible. It’s no wonder that Jenine’s passion for service led her to join the Peace Corps in 1998 as a youth and family at-risk volunteer in Esmeraldas, Ecuador. During her service in Ecuador, Jenine started more than fourteen community gardens. Additionally, Jenine gained her fluency in Spanish.
After returning to the United States from the Peace Corps, Jenine earned a master’s degree in counseling from Clark Atlanta University. Jenine later provided counseling services at: Atlanta Mission; Family Uplift, Inc.; Cobb County Department of Family and Children Services; The Clinic for Education, Treatment, and Prevention of Addiction; Dekalb County Community Service Board; Genesis Christian Counseling Center, and Family Ties, Inc., and Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic. Today, Jenine provides bilingual counseling to children and adults from all backgrounds and nationalities.