Jarita Lindsey-Carter earned her Bachelors of Science in Social Work from Saint Louis University in 2007. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work from Park University, in the Kansas City Area. She spent the majority of her career working in youth development.
She began her career as a Residential Counselor for Boys Hope Girls Hope St. Louis, a residential program designed for young men and women who have the potential to attend and graduate college but required extra support. She worked with the program in varying positions for five years. She also worked with Freedom Schools of Kansas City, Girls Scouts of Greater Kansas City, and the University of Missouri Extension with the 4-H urban division. She currently works as a community organizer for the Local Investment Commission. Jarita's passion is centered on youth development, particularly how things occur at the intersection where race and class meet. She personally believes that every youth is capable of leading a productive and fulfilling life when the proper resources, education, and support are provided.