Beyond the 10 Years: Jasmine

Jasmine Mari Fernandez

Age: 22
Fiver since: 2001
Neighborhood: East New York, Brooklyn

In the Spring of 2012, I graduated from Fairfield University where I majored in political science and international studies and minored in business law and ethics. As a student at Fairfield, I founded and directed a student-run organization that addressed issues of race, body image, sexuality and faith through performing arts. I also studied abroad in both Tanzania and Nicaragua. I am currently a Program Coordinator at buildOn, a non-profit organization working towards breaking the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. 

I could have easily fallen into the vicious cycle of so many of my peers. Because of Fiver, I was surrounded with love and respect. The support and resources I was given helped shape me into a woman of confidence, integrity and ambition. I can wholeheartedly say that I credit Fiver for my success thus far and I would not be where I am today without this program.