Shanelle is Detroit‘s Daughter
With a heart dedicated to improving the lives of “everyday people,” Shanelle Jackson considers herself a true Daughter of Detroit. She has committed her life to serving the people in the city and county she loves by striving to make them great places to live, work and raise a family.
The eldest of three children, Shanelle was born in Detroit, the first child of Forrest and Jasmine Jackson. Forrest worked as an assemblyman at G.M. and Jasmine still works for the United States Postal Service. When Shanelle was eighteen months old, her father died of a heart attack, leaving his pregnant wife Jasmine and baby daughter to grieve. He was only twenty-nine years old. From then on Shanelle experienced firsthand the struggles that single parents face daily. Watching her mother overcome challenges taught her the value of education, the importance of hard work and tenacity.
Shanelle credits her mother, Jasmine with cultivating her tireless work ethic and drive. Jasmine was determined to not allow her children’s lives to be defined by loss and sadness. Instead, victory and overcoming would be their story. Jasmine regularly worked long hours to provide for her family and fought tooth and nail to make sure her children received a quality education.
A Love of Community
An avid Girl Scout in Troop 1600, at Fellowship Chapel Church- under the leadership of Rev. Wendell Anthony, Shanelle learned the true characteristics of a “leader-servant.” It was in Troop 1600 that Shanelle began serving her community through helping to organize neighborhood clean-up projects, peer tutoring, distributing Christmas baskets and feeding the homeless. READ MORE