Young Woman of the Month: Camille Joy Sneed {November 2015}

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Camille Joy Sneed
Age 30
Lives in Bridgeport, CT

Q. Can you tell us a little about your life path? What are you doing in your career and community right now and what lead you there?

I was born in Norfolk, VA but raised in Bridgeport, CT. Born to Kathy and Byron Sneed, I am my parents middle child. At the age of 16 I became a teen mom and by the age of 21 had 4 children.

At this point in my life I realized that if I didn’t turn my life around I would be stuck having more kids in the same situation for life. My parents raised me as a Christian so that’s what I went back to. I gave my life to Christ and through him I was able to leave an unhealthy situation. I began to slowly but surely rebuild my life.

I then went to Culinary School and by trade I am a professional Chef. Today I am a Sous Chef which is the second in command in culinary ranks.

In 2012 I started an organization called Vision Community Network, Inc.  One of the main reasons I ended up in a lot of troubling situations as a kid were because I have nothing to be part of after school. Now, as an adult, I want to be the voice that warns younger people of the  consequences of bad choices and to be a role model for how people can change their lives for the better.

The mission of Vision Community Network Inc. is to provide a safe haven for inner city children through arts , education, and morality. The program is open to boys and girls ages 7-17.

Q. What does young women’s leadership mean to you?

Woman’s leadership to me is very important in today’s world . We need to create positive examples for our children coming up that not only come from men but from women as well .

Q. Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does feminism mean to you?

Yes, I am a feminist. I believe that women should have the same rights as men. To me feminism is believing that women can be great! We can make a difference in our society. All people are entitled to the same rights.

Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other young women, ages 18-35, about how to build their leadership skills or the importance of becoming a leader?

One piece of advice I would give about how to build leadership skills is to find someone that is able to mentor you, that can help your gift grow. I was blessed to be mentored by two amazing people, Derek Calhoun and Sharron Calhoun. They are my pastors and they have led and guided me in following my dreams and doing what God called me to be.

Leadership is a skill that many people don’t naturally have . LEARNING to be a great leader is a skill that you will need to develop.

Young Women Rising celebrates one young woman each month by sharing their story here on our blog. If you know of a young woman between the ages of 18-35 that we should consider including please email us at michelle.noehren@cga.ct.gov.

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