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I currently work for City Year Inc. who is a national & internationall non-profit organization. At City Year, we’re working to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, we’re helping to increase graduation rates across the country, and changing the lives of the students we serve. Through our data-driven approach and by coming together with our partners and schools, City Year is continuing to make a measurable impact in the lives of the students and communities we’re serving, and we’ve got the results to show for it. I previously worked for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund who is an independent nonprofit organization that works to connect research with civic voice to bring about unified action in support of universally high-quality public schools for all children in Duval County. We believe that an informed and active citizenry, together with attentive and aligned community leadership, will move our schools forward to prepare students with the skills they need for future success. The three core strategies form the basis of our work: research, community mobilization and advocacy. Within the community mobilization sector is our ONE x ONE Campaign. ONE by ONE started with an innovative art exhibit that lifted the faces and voices of 20 current or former students in Duval County Public Schools who faced great obstacles to getting their education.The exhibit sparked the interest of more than 1,600 people who participated in 169 small-group conversations, identifing what issues matter the most in our public schools. Of the 20 students was my picture and story. This led to many opportunitiesincluding the chance to tell my story in front of very diverse audiences, an internship with the Jacksonville Public Education Fund followed by my current position as a full time employee.
I am also a part of The Self Movement. We are a collection of diverse community problem solvers with a focus on Jacksonville's Youth.The LEG program is dedicated to building effective leaders of tomorrow by investing in today’s high school students. There are two components,a series of leadership sessions, presented by respected community leaders, and community service projects done on the student’s own time. The student earns up to $50 per eligible hour of community service. I am currently responsible for building the youth advisory board for the organization. This board will provide student voice to the organizations decision making process.
In addition I am a alumnus of Florida State College at Jacksonvlle where I represented all students as the Student Government President for the college's online campus. It is something that has only been done in Washington so I am excited to be leading a ground breaking innitiative for Northeast Florida and beyond.