Jacalyn Shelton Wallace
Shelton Wallace was recently named vice president of youth programs for
the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.
Located on Thompson Island in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park
Area, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is a nonprofit
educational organization that serves metropolitan youth with outdoor
programs to help youth discover their possibilities, providing
adventure- and challenge-based programming for approximately 5,000
students per year. The Outward Bound program seeks to empower youth to
develop character and leadership skills by putting them in challenging
situations that foster self-confidence, compassion and the ability to
work with others.
Wallace brings more than two decades of professional experience and
volunteer commitment, as well as a real passion for serving young
people, to her position at Thompson Island. She holds a bachelor’s
degree in education and a master’s degree in counseling from Michigan
State University. During the 1970s, Wallace gained classroom experience
with youth teaching in the Detroit Public Schools. Most recently,
Wallace served as director of programs for the Urban League of Eastern
Massachusetts (ULEM). In that role, she revamped ULEM’s parent and
youth services, employment resource center and technology programs.
In her 20-plus year career in the telecommunications industry, Wallace
managed human resource operations for a multi-state corporation and
acquired substantial experience in corporate planning, operations
management and community relations, as well as recruiting, staffing,
training and diversity initiatives. As a volunteer, she has created
programs to provide networking and mentoring to professionals of color
and to raise scholarship funds for disadvantaged youth.