It Takes a Village – featuring Stacey Jensen

Volunteers – Bethany Carmellini and Stacey Jensen at “I Got Your Back” 2016.

In order for a non-profit to impact its community, it takes a village. Over the next year, we are going to feature our village of volunteers who shape Mirror Image Arts through their time, talent, and expertise.

Since 2014, Stacey Jensen has volunteered more than 550 hours through legal support, advocacy, and fundraising. Stacey meets with us quarterly to ensure that we are developing the policies and procedures that enable us to grow sustainably, and as a result in 2017 we created a comprehensive employee policy handbook. This major step for our start-up organization provided the infrastructure needed to hire 5 hourly staff, which in turn assisted us in reaching 1,014 young people (a 40% increase over FY16). This year, we began offering social-emotional learning programs in Juvenile Justice Centers. Stacey calmed the staff nerves as she assisted us with navigating the complexity of the justice system. Through her passion and attention to detail she ensured that our business, curriculum, artists, and the interest of our youth were all considered in contract negotiations with the department of justice.

A few additional highlights of her impact on Mirror Image Arts include:

Developing policies; Gift Acceptance, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Conflict of Interest, Non-Disclosure/Non-Competition, Drug-Free Workplace, and Workers Compensation.
Assisting with silent auction logistics and volunteering on the day of our gala.
Fundraising of more than $2,000 through running in the Colfax Marathon and cultivating donors.

Stacey not only gives her time and talent to the organization but also takes the time to personally invest in our youth. She recently attended our bullying prevention program and shared with us, “Mirror Image Arts makes me feel connected to my community, and I am proud to work with them to create an impact in the place I have decided to call home. I believe in the mission of empowering people when they are young…before it is too late.”

Stacey is imperative to our success.