2019 Young Laureate: Chardae Jones

2019 Young Carlow Laureate Chardae Jones

Chardaé Jones is from Braddock, Pa. and grew up in The Braddock Carnegie Library where
she received her library card before she could scribble her name. In 2011, she received her BA in Professional Writing from Carlow University and it wasn't until Carlow that she realized her

passion for serving her community. While there she raised awareness about homelessness and coordinated toy drives and mentored local Carrick students through Carlow's Youth Media Advocacy Program.

Since graduating Chardaé has volunteered with AmeriCorps mentoring teens in Braddock where she aided in the creation of a 2013 summer lunch program tied to a local job readiness program for teens.

As an advocate for people in her community, she's mentored kids at the downtown library as she knows that books are the very thing that inspired her to become a writer. She's chaired the local Nation Council for Negro Women Luncheon to aide in bridging the communication gap between the younger women and older women in the community.

Recently Chardaé realized that volunteerism and politics weren't separate ideas. As Braddock's current mayor she hopes to inspire, inform, and energize young adults to step up and help create a new identity for their community.


Carlow University has named five distinguished alumni as its 2019 Carlow Laureates, the university's most prestigious alumni award.

"Carlow Laureates are alumni whose work, thought, and action demonstrate the highest standards of professional accomplishment and leadership, whether it is in their chosen discipline, in academics, or through community service," said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University. "Recipients of this award are lasting tributes to their own professional excellence, the transformational education they received at Carlow, and the dynamic environment which helped to fuel their ambitions and their desire to make a difference in the best ways they can."

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