As a Senior Program Associate for the Girls First Fund, Jaynice supports the fund’s program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and learning in the Dominican Republic. Working with a local program advisor, she helps community-based organizations as they work to end child marriage and early unions in the country.
While in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, she served as National Coordinator of Gender and Development designing and implementing local and regional programs for adolescent girls and participated in the early planning meetings that eventually led to the Peace Corps’ “Let Girls Learn” initiative. She has designed and led education and youth leadership initiatives at The Bronx Institute at Lehman College and at the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, an organization dedicated to the advancement of young women in the greater New York City area.
She is an avid traveler who has traveled to more than 25 countries and has an MPA from Columbia University.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is supporting the women and girls in the Dominican Republic, my birth country; it’s the knowing that in some small way, my privilege and access is benefiting more than just me, and helping girls and women like me access their right to self-determination.
How many countries have you visited?
I’ve been to 26 countries so far and I’m itching to get to 30. Travel is life.
What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?
I love extreme sports. I’ve been sky diving, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting, just to name a few. I love the adrenaline rush!
What book, film or quote has shaped the way you think?
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
This quote has shaped my life in a beautiful way. It reminded me that I have the power to define myself and create myself into whoever I want to be.