Jessica Jolly is the Program Manager for After School All Stars Philadelphia and Camden. She possesses a thorough background in youth development, and comes to After-School All-Stars (ASAS) from the teaching field; as she has served in the capacity of a high school educator, with both national and international knowledge teaching in Brooklyn, NY and Abu Dhabi, UAE. In New York City, Jessica first embarked on a non-profit journey in organization and management through Common Cents, a youth philanthropy non-profit focused on providing participating youth a voice through roundtable discussions and fundraising campaigns geared towards causes of their choice. This endeavor allowed Jessica to experience the small impacts that youth-centered organizations were making in their communities. Inspired to encourage youth on a broader scale, Jessica became an NYC Teaching Fellow and ventured into the world of teaching on the high school level. Jessica, a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a Bachelors in Journalism, also received her Masters of Science in Teaching (MST) from Pace University in NYC.
After years of teaching in the NYC Department of Education, the desire to teach abroad led Jessica to Abu Dhabi, UAE where she spent years teaching English to native 10th grade students. After seeing so many global changes in education; from teaching practices to curriculum development, Jessica felt a strong desire to return to non-profit work in the United States. While working with ASAS this past year, she has been surrounded by individuals who are truly focused on youth and positive adolescent development into adulthood. Having the opportunity to create programming that truly serves students who may be labeled “at risk” is a rewarding yet challenging task, but Jessica is eager to continue to build programs that develop our youth into globally aware, compassionate and dynamic citizens.