The Journey of
Samantha Hudson is a native of Chicago who grew up in Cabrini Green Housing Project, she is the youngest of eight siblings, a mother of four amazing children and grandmother. Samantha is an overcomer of many life obstacles and describes her childhood years as traumatic and abusive. Having experienced sexual abuse and insets, she struggled emotionally, socially and academically. She dropped out of high school after becoming pregnant and for a short period became homeless, however later obtained an apartment in public housing upon turning 18 years old.
Samantha began to consider ways to improve her life, which led to her obtaining her a certification in nursing assistant and worked in the healthcare field for 10 years.
At the age of 30, she decided to return to school to obtain her GED, after which she enrolled into Kennedy King College (2000), completed her Associates in Social Work and graduated with honors. Samantha’s motivation and determination to excel was fueled even more when her son became a school to prison pipeline statistic. As a result, she continued on her journey and began the Bachelor of Social at Northeastern Illinois University, where designed and conducted investigative research as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar program.
Concerned about the state of youth in inner cities and her son’s challenges, the study investigated the nature and extent of treatment services offered to youth in justice settings with co-occurring and co-exist mental health disorders. Samantha’s commitment to improving the social outcomes for inner city youth, communities and at-risk families stems from not having a supportive and safe childhood herself. She ran for local school council in Chicago and upon winning went right to work advocating for ending suspension of students with special needs while they were undergoing mental health and special education testing.
From 2000 to 2007 Samantha went from no diploma to achieving a Master of Social Work from Whitney M. Young School of Social Work on a full tuition scholarship. Samantha has extensive work in child welfare, school advocacy, education and policy consultant. She currently teaches English Language Arts middle grade special education students and is currently a candidate for Fairburn’s 2021 Mayoral Elections. She believes that Fairburn needs change that focuses on investing in schools, transparency in government and improving its infrastructure.
Samantha describes herself as a passion in action person. In pursuit of a better outcome in life, she used her low places to prepare and learn how preserver. She sees herself as an overcomer and not a victim and believes wholeheartedly in allowing your pain to become purpose. In her down time, she enjoys live plays, travel and spending quality time with family.