Januari was raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where she attended Francis Scott Key Elementary School, Andrew Jackson Middle School, and Central High School. She then attended North Carolina Central University, where earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Her studies as a Health Education minor ultimately shaped her passion for working with young people through education, outreach, and advocacy.
After graduation, Januari returned home to Maryland to continue her advocacy work for reproductive and public health in various fundraising positions. While working in this field, Januari began to notice how many individuals needed to be connected with social resources. She also witnessed the effects police brutality and a lack of accountability for law enforcement officers were having on the community. At this time, Januari decided to use her personal and professional experiences to become a case manager and provide direct services to young people. Through her work in the child welfare system, Januari has experienced how our state and local governments work – and how often they don’t work – for the people hurting most.