Y Achievers: Meet Jenessa Carr
The Durham YMCAs are excited to be welcome Jenessa Carr in partnership with Public Allies North Carolina and My Brother's Keeper of Durham. Jenessa will be interning with the Y in 2018 - 2019, with a primary focus on establishing a Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program in Durham. Jenessa will be working closely with associate branch director Josephe Featherstone and the Durham YMCAs' youth directors to engage local teens (grades 6 - 12).
We did a Q&A with Jenessa recently. Take some time to get to know her!
Jenessa, can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am 27 years old and originally from Denver, Colorado. I came to North Carolina in 2014 to pursue my Masters in African American history which I obtained in December 2017. I have a true passion for education, particularly ending the school-to-prison pipeline. I am also an advocate for children and social justice through nonprofit platforms such as the YMCA. Lastly, I love to read and travel!
What does the YMCA mean to you?
The YMCA is an organization that helps to foster young teens into well-meaning adults. The atmosphere at the YMCA is that of inclusiveness and that means a lot to me as someone who has experienced places of exclusion. I also like the fact that the YMCA is centrally located, and they have a very welcome and warm atmosphere.
Primarily, it's the fact that I will be working with young teens. I am also excited about the chance to bring awareness of the program and the many benefits that the program has to offer.
What else should we know about you?
I am a very funny person, so if you need a laugh come find me!
The Clarence E. Lightner YMCA Achievers program introduces teens in grades 6 - 12 to minority adults who guide them through experiences that prepare them for life after high school. Through civic engagement, community service projects, and academic enhancement programs, students make new friends, learn healthy lifestyle choices and prepare for their future.