Lori Michaels, the latest New Jersey Person Of The Week, lives her life to the soundtrack of "Reach Out."
She heard the song when she was a teen living in Fairview, and from that moment was inspired to reach out to others.
"When I heard reach out I was instantly taken back by it and I wanted to do something with that song," says Michaels. "And I brought it to my principal and he gave me the freedom to organize and arrange an assembly program at my high school, and I worked with teachers and kids and we put together a reach out assembly."
After that, she started a nonprofit organization, also named "Reach Out," to raise awareness about several causes, including drug abuse, AIDS and cancer.
Now, 20 years later and living in Paramus, Michaels is creating her own songs with the help of music producer Lee Evans to inspire children throughout the nation to make the right decisions.
"We try to reach kids on their level," says Evans. "We reach them with music through music and music ideas that they like and relate to and then we try to deliver a positive message through that music."
To get her messages out, Michaels hosts programs throughout New Jersey and the country that look more like MTV videos than school assemblies.
She says amped up performances are a great way to get important messages out to kids and teens.
"I think kids today, today's youth, it's getting harder and harder, not easier to make the right choices and for them to get involved in positive activities," says Michaels. "They just need that little push and that positive encouragement."
So, for bringing music to kids' ears, while inspiring them to reach out, help others, and make the right choices, Lori Michaels is the latest New Jersey Person Of The Week.