When she’s not working in the courthouse as a child advocate, Taurell Butts is serving her community through mentorships. Her journey with SWAG (Successful Women Achieving Goals) and All the King’s Men, may inspire you to turn your political science degree into a role advocating for the youth.
- Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Degree: Political Science/Legal Studies
- Current Job: Child Advocate
- Passion: Successful Women Achieving Goals and All the King’s Men
What does a normal work day look like for you?
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I enjoy what I do every day. My normal work day can be all over the city. I usually start by working as a child advocate in the Delaware County office and end my night at a community meeting. I also serve on a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) board to encourage more diversity in Delaware County’s court system. Sometimes my days are longer than most.
When did you first see a shift in your career?
I got my first break as a child advocate in Pennsylvania. My first case was rough, but I got through it. I was featured in the company newsletter for my outstanding work on my case. With the help of my team, we were able find a stable foster home for the little boy and his sister was reunited with her mother.
What professional achievement are you most proud of?
Since its opening in 2014, SWAG has helped more than 30 girls between the ages of seven and 19. The program focuses on helping these girls reach their long and short term goals. It builds the girls’ self-esteem with free activities like music lessons, cooking classes, workshops, and more.
Once a year, the girls take field trips to the capitol, the beach, Dave and Busters, and the African American Museum. Throughout the year, the girls are paired with mentors. All of the SWAG students finished the academic year very strong. Our senior high school students are on the honor society and will be attending college next fall with the help of SWAG’s college prep program.
What advice do you have for young professionals?
My advice for young professionals is to start with your own house before you helping someone else. If you see your neighbors every day, stop and talk them and find common ground. If you’re really trying to build your career, start to get to know those around you. Write down your goals, speak them to life, and crush them.
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