Youth Advisory Board Member
Jackson is no stranger to community development, having spent more than two years as an Amigos de las Americas volunteer. During that time, he developed community-based initiatives in small communities in Peru and Mexico by engaging youth and community leaders, while providing workshops to children and youth on a range of topics including health and sanitation, gender equality, and youth participation.
Jackson believes that the youth perspective provides a unique lens through which to view certain issues, which can result in innovative solutions and holistic approaches to problem solving.
As a member of the Youth Advisory Board, Jackson hopes to engage youth in the discussion about poverty, as he believes they should be included in important conversations that impact their futures.
Jackson also believes that grassroots community development is the most sustainable approach to development and service or nonprofit work. By producing a movement and capacity-building at the community level, community members and leaders have a greater say in the direction of development projects, increasing their efficacy and longevity.
Drawing on several years of experience in community development work and poverty-focused education and research, as well as travel and engagement in Latin America, Jackson now focuses mainly on youth engagement and international collaboration.
Jackson is from Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently majoring in neuroscience and anthropology while minoring in poverty and human capability studies at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.