Michelle Richards

Director of Programs, New York
Manhattanville College

Michelle grew up in southern Connecticut. She attended Manhattanville College, and graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology and is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology.

Upon graduation Michelle started working at Graham Windham in their Therapeutic Foster Boarding Homes unit as a Sociotherapist where she worked with youth and their families providing casework counseling as well as behavior modification. After three years in Therapeutic, Michelle transferred to Preparing Youth for Adulthood to become a Youth Development Coordinator where she helped prepare adolescents for transitioning out of foster care. In PYA, she developed curriculum and coordinated monthly workshops on a broad range of life skills, including workshops specifically on college admissions and transitions. She also partnered with community based organizations and NYC Children’s Services to bring innovative programs to the youth, such as creative writing, financial literacy, and transitions framework. More recently, Michelle became the Post Secondary Education Specialist within PYA, and completed a 60 hour College Access Counseling training with Goddard’s Institute for Professional Development. In this role, she’s had the opportunity to participate in several panel discussions regarding supporting foster care youth in college, and was a guest presenter for a training at Goddard on Financial Aid for Foster Care Youth.

Michelle is excited to join A List and bring her knowledge and love of working with underserved youth to the team.