Michele Paolella, LMSW
Director of Social Services & Training
Michele has over 15 years of experience dedicated to supporting the power of young people through a combination of direct services, program development, training and advocacy. After starting her career as an overnight intake specialist at a domestic violence shelter in rural Ohio, she has gone on to work with young people living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ youth, and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Michele is interested in exploring spaces that elevate the voices of young people and highlight the healing power of social change work, particularly in communities that are most impacted by institutional violence. Her practice centers the self-determination of young survivors and community partnerships.
In 2007, Michele earned a Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University with dual concentrations in Individuals, Families, and Groups and Social Action and Change. In 2011, she joined Day One’s team as the first social worker providing services with the organization. Currently, Michele oversees the training and social services programs at Day One and supports the Youth Voices Network, a survivor-led advocacy group.