CHAMPS has accomplished many projects from 1999 to present. Danielle Jackson started CHAMPS when she became a Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) for Vision Youth. The focus was to implement an outreach (CHAMPS & CONNECT) at South Lake High School and a discipleship (KICKN’IT) at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, where she first accepted Christ. She learned from the group of YOW’s how to build community relationships, navigate for support services, fundraising, grant writing, program management, networking and Christian and Leadership Development.
For over 30 years Danielle's volunteer, employment and life experiences (homelessness, sexual assault, substance abuse and drug distribution, lack of education, victim of domestic violence, single teen mom of two and primary caregiver for disabled daughter) showed her first hand the brokenness of living in poverty. This is her reason and purpose for creating Changing Habits And Motivating Personal Self-esteem (CHAMPS) Resource & Service Center. To create services that are accessible to people of poverty, that ensures they don't experience the personal and systemic challenges of poverty and share with them the tools to overcome their past and lay foundation for their future.
She realized being apart of the change in her community was better than destroying it. Everyone doesn't have bus fare, a car or a ride to get to services. Meeting people where they are makes us unique and serving her community has made an impact on families and youth in her community.
2017 - Present: COMMONS Apartment HUBS
2014 - Present: RBAC - Rainier Beach Back2School Bash - Event Coordinator
2013-2017 Implemented Urban Impact Resident Service Program @ Emerald City Commons Apartment
2016: RBAC - Rainier Beach Food Innovation. Trusted Advocate
2010: FYBY Anti-Violence Conference
& After-School Enrichment Activities
2006 - 2011: CHAMPS Transitional Housing
1999 - Present: CONNECT Network Gatherings
1999 - 2001: FRIDAY NIGHT KICK N’IT
1999 - 2001: BEWARE Life Skills Curriculum: Health & Wellness, Self Identity and Communication
1999 - 2001: South Lake High School Family Center