Tyshae Johnson is a native of Los Angeles, California. Growing up in a large inner city, she witnessed her fair share of substance abuse, violence and other negative circumstances that could have led her to fall victim to her surroundings. However, she remains grateful for God's grace, her cautious spirit and the positive people throughout her life, who provided guidance and support.
Tyshae began her passion for working with youth during her early college years. Prior to earning a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She worked as a teacher's assistant with at risk youth in the inner city of Los Angeles. Upon completion of receiving her degree, Tyshae pursued a career in Juvenile Justice. In 2002, she began working with both male and female youth offenders, as a Juvenile Detention and Probation Officer for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Department. From 2008 to 2012, she also worked as a Detention and Probation Officer for Collin County Juvenile Probation Department, in Texas, primarily working with female youth offenders.
G.I.R.L. Mentoring's Purpose
In 2016, Tyshae felt a strong motivation and desire to create G.I.R.L. Mentoring, now having a daughter of her own, and believing that there was a dire need for teen girls to receive more tools, resources and community support to aid them in making healthy and responsible life choices. Most girls will experience common issues during their teenage years, such a low-self esteem, peer pressure, dating, and more. Unfortunately, in today's society, there are more concerning issues that are plaguing our girls. Sex trafficking is on the rise, substance abuse, cyber-bullying, suicide, depression and negative or false images of women in the media, with social media as the common denominator. Because of this, it is imperative that we join forces in an attempt to make a difference.