Jessica comes to the Y with a background serving at-risk youth and families and strives to bridge the gap for youth to obtain self-sufficiency in their communities. Jessica's passion for empowering young people began during her junior year in college, when she began to take on leadership roles on campus, leading and empowering her peers to overcome the many obstacles first-generation college students encounter and noticing the impact she left behind after graduating. She received her BA in both English and Education from SUNY - Albany while assisting youth at Albany High School apply to college and serving as a mentor for teen mothers. During Jessica’s journey working with youth, she has built a network of resources that have allowed her to connect youth with jobs and wrap-around services that not only support them but their families, too.
After graduating, Jessica began working with over-aged, under-credited youth in transfer schools by planning and facilitating college and career fairs, providing workshops, and supporting other career development activities while connecting her students with paid internship opportunities. Currently, Jessica is working to complete her MSW at Fordham University and is an active member of the Honors Society on campus, where she continues to lead and empower her peers to acvhieve their full potential.
Jessica is passionate about leading and empowering youth to become self-sufficient and is excited to bring her knowledge and experience here to the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, a neighborhood she grew up in. During her free time, Jessica likes to travel with her family, exploring new cultures and eating! She also enjoys working out and promoting a healthy lifestyle.