Junelle Matthias is 17 years old, is currently enrolled as a junior at Codman Academy Charter Public School. She was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up mostly in Portland, Jamaica. She was raised by her grandmother, has a younger sister by the name of Amelia. She permanently moved to the US in 2014 to live with her mother. She is consistently on the honor roll, during the summers she attended Crimson Summer Academy (CSA) at Harvard, and on Saturdays she attended Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy. For the past two years, she has worked with Mothers for Justice and Equality (MJE).