Emerald Stanton recently received her MSW with a concentration in Social Change and Innovation from the University of Southern California. As a Las Vegas native and a minority who grew up in underserved communities, Emerald has a personal understanding of the negative impact failed systems have on vulnerable populations and individuals. She has made it her mission to create systemic change and be a voice for the voiceless, while creating a lasting positive impact in her community and throughout.
Over the span of her career, Emerald has worked as a drug and alcohol counselor and within the criminal justice system helping to rehabilitate individuals back into society, as well as working for Nevada’s Prison Education Program.
Over the years, Emerald has worked closely with various non-profit organizations although one in particular has helped unveil her true passion, Camp Anytown Las Vegas. As a social justice leadership program, Camp Anytown is dedicated to empowering youth and transforming them into leaders, while equipping them with the tools necessary to affect change within the same neighborhoods they come from. She has since dedicated her time as a personal mentor for hundreds of students, hoping to give them the same opportunity she was so lucky to have. In so many ways, the disadvantages of her childhood have served as her greatest strength in being a strong empathetic leader and now her goal is to teach others how to harness their power the same way. Emerald has since represented Camp Anytown locally at Las Vegas’ annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast as well as nationally at conferences in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC.