Jalese Johnson


High School Career Advisor

(847) 864-5627 ext. 24

What do you like about your job?

I love being able to work with high school students in their environment.  I also enjoy helping others get to a better place in their life, and if that is through obtaining employment then I feel as if I am doing my job. 

Where did you work before YJC?

Before YJC I actually worked as a Recovery Counselor for Trilogy, Inc.  I worked with older adults with multiple disorders and substance abuse problems transition back into society from either being homeless, in nursing homes, or in transitional housing. 

What was your first job?

My first job was at McDonalds.

What did you learn from your first job?

I learned so much working at McDonald's from multitasking, customer service skills, cash handling, having to work in a fast paced environment, how to deal with conflicts, etc.

Has your career path gone how you expected?

Yes and no.  I always thought after graduate school I would be working at an agency to obtain my hours for my LCSW.  I have always had a passion for working with youth so I feel as if this position has brought be back to where/what I originally wanted to do. 

Fun Fact:

I was a cheerleader from age 3-23.