Shantell Roberts is a Social Entrepreneur, advocate for maternal and child health, and Founder of Touching Young Lives, Inc.
Her passion for maternal and child health began in 2011 after the untimely death of her one-year old daughter. After suffering this loss, she founded Touching Young Lives, Incorporated; a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on the health and well-being of infants and children.
Shantell, an alumnus of the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Social Innovation Lab cohort, launched the Portable Alternative Crib initiative and was awarded $25,000 seed funding for this venture. In November 2017, she was selected as an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow to expand the Portable Alternative Crib Initiative platform in Baltimore City and create a template for use throughout the State of Maryland.
Since inception, Shantell has provided over 7,000 Portable Alternative Cribs to families in more than 6 jurisdictions in Maryland. She has been named a Top 30 Visionary by the Baltimore Magazine, was awarded the 2016 Small Nonprofit Innovator by the Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central Maryland’s 2018 Philanthropic Five honor, listed on the Daily Record’s 2018 V.I.P. “Successful by 40” list and awarded as a Daily Record 2018 Leading Women for the State of Maryland.
She is currently on track to complete her Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Maryland’s Department of Pediatrics’ Center for Infant and Child Loss, the chair of the Engagement committee for the Stevenson University Alumni Advisory Board, an Advisory Board Member for the Johns Hopkins University Social Innovation Lab and most recently she was selected and appointed by Governor Hogan to the statewide Child Fatality Review Team.
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