janelle jenkins

Denver City

Council At-Large

"Unity is strength. when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Where there is unity there is always victory."

- Mattie Stepanek

“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”

Audre Lorde

I am a Montbello native and a mother of two children, college-bound and elementary. I graduated from Montbello High and earned a Social Work degree from MSU of Denver. As a community advocate, my focus is to improve the quality of life for my community and work effortlessly to deconstruct oppressive systems that impact our daily lives. My goal is to bridge the gap between the multi-generation population among my neighbors in effort towards us working together to ensure and stabilize safety and equity for our environment.

I am running for councilwoman with great hope to improve quality of life within my neighborhood, uplift voices toward advocacy, and empower the people to action.

Community Safety

With our input as a community, together we can take action toward safety measures that will reduce crime rates. Collective variables contribute to the high crime in our neighborhood, some as: disconnect between police and community, mental illness, reporting barriers, neglected landscape, recreation, median income, poverty level income.

What we need most are drug & alcohol treatment centers, and therapeutic programs to reverse the damage to our community. Let us increase recreation efforts to close the amenity gap and build up sense of community. Join me in taking impactful steps to bring back a safe, family-friendly neighborhood.

I work to assemble and engage community members effective prevention practices: maintaining clean streets, installing scenic landscape additions, fixing our roads, increase lighting on our streets

Older Adults

For 17 years I have provided professional care to older adults. I have witnessed first hand the difficulties this population faces. Our seniors deserve recognition and the right to age at home. I will work to improve affordable living within our neighborhood, increase social engagement & physical activity, and connect them to relevant, local resources for them to thrive.

Food Equity

I have experienced food insecurity first hand. I know what it is like to not have ingredients to complete a meal, to visit food banks only to receive items that were detrimental to me and my family's health, and to make the hard decision to choose between having food to eat or paying due bills. It is my mission produce equity in my neighborhood by educating on sustainability and adopting "no waste" efforts. Sustainable food system

Do not count on me. Count on US! There is nothing about us, without us.

“Without community, there is no liberation." ― Audre Lorde

Highlights of my commitment to community advocacy:

Active alumni advocate of the Community Ambassador cohort through Educare with Clayton Early Learning

Voting member of CO Dept. of Healthcare Policy & Finance's Member Experience Advisory Council (MEAC), Performance Measure & Member Engagement (PMME), and Early Childhood Leadership Commission Data Subcommittee

Member of the Denver Human Services (DHS) Family Voice Council

Former president of Denver Food Rescue

Former Parliamentarian of Denver Great Kids Head Start

Parents Thrive - Content Advisory Board member

2019-2020 Award Recipient of Metro State University Social Work Dept.: Social Justice Advocate Awardee

(This award recognizes a student who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of human rights, peace, justice, or equality within the university's local or global communities. This award acknowledges students’ contributions towards the alleviation of social inequalities for marginalized communities particularly based on race, class, sexuality, gender, ability status, and nationality.)

Advocate & Associate agent of Elephant Circle

Nominated attendee of President Biden's 2022 Health, Hunger, and Nutrition Conference in Washington D.C.

2022 Legislative Wins

  • The Birth Equity Bill Package, comprising bills SB21-101, SB21-193 & SB21-194

  • The universal preschool bill HB22-1295

  • Healthy School Meals for All bill SB22-087

  • Family and Medical Leave Insurance Fund (FAMLI) HB1133

  • Sales Tax Exemption Essential Hygiene Products HB22-1055