Through her first job at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Arizona, Jen Jackson realized she was deeply passionate about working with people needing additional social, emotional, and academic support. After working with at-risk youth through various outdoor programs and wilderness-based camps, Jackson built on her passion for working with people who thrive in alternative learning environments by earning a master’s in adventure education at Prescott College. Since then, she has integrated experiential teaching modalities in a variety of alternative high school classrooms, City of Eugene programs, and in her current position as the Mentorship Program director at Sponsors, Inc.
For the last four years her work has centered on mentoring, in particular for adults transitioning out of the prison system. She advocates for mentoring as the founder of the Mentor Lane Campaign, and statewide as a member of the Governor’s Reentry Council. She attended the Summer Institute on Mentoring Research and volunteers as a mentor for two youth in the foster care system.