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Mel Flanagan is the Northern California regional manager for the California Justice Leaders – AmeriCorps project. The project provides employment and leadership opportunities to young people with prior involvement in the state’s justice system while increasing awareness of and access to California’s Honorable Discharge petition process.

Mel has spent her career working to increase opportunities for underserved young people. She has extensive experience facilitating trainings and providing one-on-one coaching particularly around workforce development and educational access. She most recently managed an employment program for transitional-aged youth facing barriers to employment. Mel earned her Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology and minor in journalism, ethics & democracy from the University of Notre Dame.