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How Jonathan Is Developing Leadership
The youngest of four brothers, Jonathan Jackson was the first in his family to graduate high school. Last month, he graduated with honors from Pacific Lutheran University with a B.A. in Sociology and a Hispanic Studies minor. Throughout his four years at PLU, he also worked with the Boys and Girls Clubs in town and studied in Granada, Spain and Oaxaca, Mexico.
Seeing the destructive effects of street life on family and friends as a young teenager, Jon made a personal commitment to take a different path. He returned to church and dedicated himself to studies and community service. Distinguishing himself in these areas, Jonathan was selected to be in ActSix. The ActSix scholarship supports promising under-represented, first-generation college students committed to impacting campus and community life.
With the many open doors that come with a college degree, some people in Jonathan's life were surprised that he would choose volunteer service through AmeriCorps and the Northwest Leadership Foundation. As ActSix Program Assistant, Jackson now recruits, trains, and mentors other high-potential, low-income high school students. He is thrilled to dedicate himself to work, "about which I am extremely passionate, but it will give me an opportunity to give back to the people who have played such a role in the formation of my character over the past four years." His nominator, Crystal Ben, reflects: "Knowing the power a mentor can make, Jonathan is already reinvesting in the next generation."
Jonathan's Service Bio
Jonathan will serve as ActSix assistant: recruiting, training and mentoring new ActSix scholars as part of the Northwest Leadership Foundation.
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