Meet the 2019 Fellows: Kayla Jones

I developed an interest in education after transferring into the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. During my senior year,

I worked for an organization called Books & Breakfast that aimed to close the achievement gap for low-income elementary school students by tutoring and providing them with balanced breakfasts. The program catered to the students’ social, emotional, and academic needs, and I deeply admired the staff and the students I worked with on a weekly basis. I knew that I wanted to continue this line of work following my graduation, and was ecstatic after learning that the FAO Fellowship with Jumpstart could give me the opportunity to do so.

My role at Jumpstart combines my interest in community engagement and policy work and has connected me with like-minded individuals who are passionate about social change. I am blessed to be a part of a fellowship and an organization that wants to create equitable and accessible opportunities for students around the country.

Kayla Jones is the FAO Schwarz Fellow with the Field Operations & Strategy and Policy & Government Relations departments at Jumpstart. She coordinates and delivers Jumpstart community events throughout New York City, including Reading Saturdays and family workshops at local libraries, preschools, and community centers. The other half of her role involves researching and writing memoranda to strengthen Jumpstart’s public policy strategy, assisting in the preparation of Jumpstart leaders to make public appearances, lobbying government officials, participating in early education advocacy coalitions, and preparing public awareness and communications materials.

Prior to starting her position at Jumpstart in September 2017, Kayla volunteered with a nonprofit in Jukwa, Ghana for 9 weeks working on an environmental protection initiative and teaching English to preschoolers. Kayla graduated from Northwestern University in June 2017 with a degree in Education and Social Policy and a minor in African American Studies.