Jessica received her Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Texas . She then worked as a social work intern with Catholic Charities of Central Texas. Jessica moved to New Orleans in 2008 as a corps member with Teach for America and she taught for three years as a pre-GED English teacher at an alternative school in St. Bernard parish. Jessica joined YEP in 2011 as the Village Social Worker, providing internal supportive service and external service referrals to many of the 16-21 year old youth enrolled in YEP's Village program. Jessica is currently the Director of Village program where she oversees Village programing at YEP's main educational site as well as a Village satellite cohort based in Cohen College Prep High School.
70 percent of YEP’s staff members are born and raised in New Orleans and the vast majority grew up in the same neighborhoods that our youth live in. Our staff members’ personal understanding of the challenges that our young people face make them uniquely qualified to provide support to YEP youth.