Empowering All Youth
Our History & Vision
Creating First Impressions was founded in 2015 by Resah Hage and Jessica Sobel. Creating First Impressions envisions a world where every young person in the U.S. has the ability to reach their highest employment potential, ultimately securing their economic future. We believe all youth deserve a fair opportunity to succeed in life.
What Drives Us
Is to increase the wellness of the homeless community. Additionally, we seek to address the employability, career readiness, communication skills, college readiness and accessibility and financial literacy of primarily homeless, foster care, youth in the juvenile courts system, transition youth, LGBTQ, trauma victims, unaccompanied minors, children of immigrants, and all impoverished youth and disadvantaged youth.
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He received his Bachelors of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a certified and former qualitative and quantitative researcher for UCLA’s Black Male Institute, a research institution whose goal is to conduct reliable research, practical interventions, and effective programs that enrich the educational experiences and life chances of minority males in the United States.
Gaulden is the former Director of Business and Community Relations for Reality Changers, a college prep organization with a focus on building first generation college students. He is experienced in business development, communications, and community relations.
He is the Career Exploration Coordinator and Internship Coordinator for the Monarch School Project. Monarch is the only operational school in the United States that exclusively educates K-12 students who are impacted by homelessness. Michael also attended the school in his youth.
He is an active Homeless activist, education enthusiast, musician as well as an activist for all disadvantaged people. As a motivational public speaker, he has spoken to audiences ranging from 20-2000. He is a Spoken Word artist and advocate for the arts. His goal is to shift the negative perception and connotation around homelessness and the people it impacts.
Jordan Harrison is a professional speaker, educator, and international youth development specialist born in Chicago, IL. He holds a Bachelors in Business Marketing from San Diego State University (‘14) where he graduated with 24 job offers in the corporate world and decided to make an impact in education.
Jordan Harrison is the Senior Director of Programs Reality Changers. He has worked with over 2500 8th-11th grade first-generation college-bound students throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. His work focuses on 8th-grade students with a 2.0 and below. He developed and led the program which focused on changing students trajectories while creating college-going identities within the low-income student population. Jordan is also the founder of a Black Male mentor program in Southeast San Diego and the Chief Education Officer of Rhmyes with Reason, a technology platform teaching middle and high school students ACT/SAT words through current hip-hop songs.
Harrison is committed to changing the educational outcomes of low-income, underrepresented and first-generation students from underserved communities. Jordan has worked on finding solutions to urban education challenges with the U.S Attorney’s office, Rotary international, U.S News and World Reports, San Diego State University, UC San Diego, Harvard University and many others.
His work earned him a full ride fellowship to Harvard University where he recently graduated with his Master’s in Education.