Jordan Scrimger began as a One Love Global Scholar in January 2020. She is excited to be involved in youth organizing and policy work in Detroit. She graduated from Central Michigan University with her Bachelor’s in Sociology and Spanish. She is currently working towards her Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan focusing on social policy and evaluation.
Jordan has been involved in many efforts to increase youth voice through her participation in Metro Youth Policy Fellows (MYPF). She and her fellow members have written and presented extensively on youth-led evaluation efforts and adult allyship following their collective work as youth. In that work, MYPF conducted a survey of fellow youth in Metro Detroit on social justice issues, produced and disseminated a report based on those findings, and reviewed proposals to grant $150,000 to various youth groups with action plans to take on the identified problems.
Jordan has also continued to develop a sustained interest in the confluence of local, regional, and state policy affecting Metro Detroit. During her undergraduate education, she participated in research analyzing states’ statutes regarding image-based sexual abuse, drawing implications for those seeking justice. She also undertook a mixed social science methodology investigation on gentrification and institutional racism in Detroit. She most recently completed a fellowship in the Department of Neighborhoods within the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office where she had the opportunity to develop engagement strategies for block clubs, leverage city partnerships, and assist in various initiatives such as efforts to decrease property tax foreclosures.