Jaclyn White

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Young Parent Policy Fellow

Jaclyn grew up in Jamaica Plain, a neighborhood in Boston. She puts family and education first. After struggling to obtain a high school diploma due to her first pregnancy at 15, Jaclyn ultimately received her GED and enrolled at North Shore Community College and soon after she had her second child by the age of eighteen. Jaclyn stayed there for two years before transferring to Suffolk University where she graduated in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Law.

Jaclyn graduated with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons College.  Now that Jaclyn has completed her studies, she works for Boston Public Health Commission in the BPS school district as a therapist. Through this position, Jaclyn provides individual counseling to inner city youth and plans to have her own private practice in the future.

As for now, Jaclyn spends her spare time wisely by readying non-fiction books, traveling abroad with and without her children, crafting party favors and mentoring other young parents. Jaclyn has been a member of the YPPF’s since 2009. She advocates for young parents because she understands what it feels like to have the odds stacked up against her. She has come so far from being a young naïve girl, 15 and pregnant.