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Jennifer Jones is an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, and young professional dedicated to leaving an indelible mark on the globe. She is a graduate of Columbia College and the founder of nonprofit organization, Beauty Marks for Girls.
Beauty Marks for Girls is an organization geared towards empowering the lives of girls whose mothers are incarcerated. Within the framework of the program, Jennifer aids to instill in participants the values of self-confidence, hope, and resilience.
Growing up with an incarcerated mother inspired Jennifer to develop a mentorship program for girls in similar situations. Before launching the program in 2019, Jennifer traveled back to her hometown to volunteer at Greenwood, SC's Leath Correctional Institution. She admits teaching women empowerment in the institution changed her life. Jennifer notes that her first class was intimidating, but powerful. “I didn’t just find my voice teaching in women prisons, I discovered my calling.”
Jennifer has overseen the development and implementation of over six effective programs at Beauty Marks for Girls geared towards ages 8–18. Since Beauty Marks for Girls was founded, the lives of countless underrepresented girls have been changed for the better, and they have overcome significant social and emotional challenges.
Jennifer oversees and is involved in multiple facets of the organization, from recruiting members to raising awareness about intergenerational incarceration and its effect on youth. Beauty Marks for Girls has helped four girls get back on track and graduate from high school, and has help them with entering college on partial or full-ride scholarships.
The organization has been recognized in the Greenville News and on TV broadcasts. The group has also won the iChange Nations International Award, the George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award, and Ms. South Award from The Ms. Foundation for Women located in Brooklyn, New York.
Jennifer is constantly considering novel approaches to further the organization's mission. Her objective is to establish an organization that will enable every girl impacted by parental incarceration to realize her full potential and end intergenerational incarceration.
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