Joy P. Jackson has over fifteen years of experience working in the field of human development, focusing on prevention, youth development, civic engagement, education, and outreach across a wide-range of issues including human trafficking, out-of-school time, gun violence prevention, workplace & career readiness, and juvenile justice. Her work has included coalition building, outreach to underrepresented groups, strategic planning, policy development & alignment, research, and capacity building.
Joy’s efforts have included partnering on award-winning teams that have been recognized nationally and internationally. In 2010, she served as the lead staff in garnering recognition as a Finalist of the Reinhard Mohn Prize for “Vitalizing Democracy” for the City of Hampton’s deliberative governance efforts focused on youth civic engagement opportunities. Joy also was part of the team that collaboratively planned, developed, and executed a youth engagement model for Pearl Bailey Library which won the National Arts & Humanities Youth Programs Award in 2013. Joy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Masters from the University of Arizona in History and Latin American History respectively.
In addition to her work in the community, Joy also enjoys writing on the impacts of personal and collective well-being and how they affect transformative change.