As Pathways Coordinator Jenna Kapp facilitates programming between all the teen spaces at the club and guides youth in the development of good character by providing them with experiences, opportunities, and mentorship. Her goals are to see each teen through their high school graduation, help them to understand what they want to do afterwards, and assist them in becoming well-rounded, kind citizens.
Before coming to the Boys and Girls Club in 2020 she had experience working as a case assistant at a refugee resettlement agency, as an academic advisor in the study abroad office at a university, and as a program assistant in the multicultural affairs office at a university.
Jenna completed her Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at UMass Lowell and is a certified mediator in the state of Massachusetts. She was the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Diversity and Inclusion at UMass Lowell for her work in the Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program and the Pair-up Program, where friendship and learning is fostered between international and domestic students and teachers to promote understanding across cultures. She has volunteered teaching children in Ecuador and Costa Rica, completed coursework in Argentina and Cuba, and helped lead study abroad programs in Portugal and Spain. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, painting, and anything else art related. She also enjoys being with her dog, Paloma, and taking her on hikes.
She was interested in working at the Boys and Girls Club because she wanted to do something with her degree that would truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. She says that working with the teens everyday has its challenges but seeing them get their driver’s license, get their first job, or just watching them grow up into incredible individuals makes everything worth it.