Ms. Valerie Shields is a native of Los Angeles, California. She attended California State University of Los Angeles. And received a Masters in Religious Education from Xavier University of Louisiana; a certificate in Youth Ministry Studies from Mount St, Mary's College in collaboration with the National Center for Youth Ministry Development . She has forty one years of teaching experience between the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Archdiocese of New Orleans, LA. She worked three years as a Community Organizer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Catholic Charities and as Youth Consultant for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Office of Youth Ministry, until she moved to New Orleans, LA. In New Orleans she continued her teaching career at Holy Cross High school, and worked as Parochial Associate and Youth Coordinator for St. Mary of the Angles Church.
As a Consultant for the Office of Youth Ministry, Valerie founded the African American Youth Conference and the Nia Youth Ministry Leadership Training Program in the African American perspective. She is contributing author of Naming and Claiming Our Resources- a Christian education resource book for the African American community, and contributing author of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry first Competency-Based Standards for the Coordinator of Youth Ministry Resource Manual. She has written articles for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Organization. She also, served as a consultant for the New Access Guide to Multi-Cultural Youth Ministry manual in March, 1994, sponsored by the National Center for Youth Ministry Development. In August 1997/98 she served as consultant and contributing author for St. Mary’s Press in the development the first edition of the Catholic Youth Bible published in 1999.
Valerie developed and is co-founder of the Afrocentric Certification in Youth Ministry Studies’ Program, at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies, at Xavier University, LA. She has received many awards for her services to youth in both Los Angeles and New Orleans, but most importantly she is the first recipient of the Sister Thea Bowman Award for exhibiting the virtues and values of Sr. Thea Bowman, honored by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry. She is nationally known and has provided training, workshops, lectures, retreats, consultation and resources for parishes and Archdioceses/dioceses, throughout the nation. Through her music, drumming and her very personal ministry to the many programs she has developed and awards she has received, young people and adults have been challenged to be proud of their heritage whoever they are. Valerie brings the richness of her African-American heritage as a gift to the whole community and has lived a life of dedication and service to youth and adults of all cultures.
Published Work: Contributing author - "Naming and Claiming Our Resources: - The National Black Sisters Conference, 1989; Contributing author - Planning a Youth Ministry (step-by-step Manual - National Center for Youth Ministry - Don Bosco Multimedia 1994; Contributing author - Competency-Based Standards for Youth Ministry Resource Manual - National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry Committee on Certification and Accreditation, Washington, D.C.; Contributing author - Connections Access Guide to Youth Ministry: Spirituality Resource Review - National Federation for Catholic youth Ministry, 1992; Contributing author - Catholic Youth Bible, St. Mary's Press, 2000; Contributing author - Vibrant Worship with Youth: Resource Manual, - St. Mary's Press, 2001
Present classes/subjects: Christian Vocations, Media and the Message.
Years in Education: 39
Years Teaching at Bosco: Third year