Jessica serves as College Going Counselor for the Be A Leader Foundation. In this role, Jessica works directly with High School Seniors to ensure that these students have the tools necessary to go to college through their involvement in our Senior Boot Camp. This extensive program is designed to provide individual assistance to over 100 high school seniors in all phases of the college and scholarship application process including, editing scholarship essays, completion of financial aid applications, SAT/ACT test preparation, and career/college research.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, she is a first generation college student. She developed her passion for education from her parents even though they never got the opportunity to get an adequate education due to the hardships they faced while living in Mexico as well as what she witnessed growing up in a working class neighborhood. Not many of her peers continued into higher education limiting their options. She understood that with education, comes success and has since made it her personal mission to advocate for higher education to students, especially those growing up in environments where opportunities seem minimal.
Growing up in Phoenix, she had her elementary education at Capitol Elementary School, continued into junior high at Phoenix Preparatory Academy, then Central High School. After graduating from Central, she attended Arizona State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology in 2007.
She started her career working in the nonprofit sector, with the organization Creciendo Unidos where she worked with Spanish-speaking families. While at Creciendo Unidos, she got the opportunity to co-create and now co-coordinate a Youth Leadership Program called Sin Limites/Without Limits. Prior to joining the Be A Leader Foundation Mrs. Solis worked as a Program Coordinator at Arizona State University within the Access ASU for SPARKS (Students Providing Awareness Resources and Knowledge to Start College). We are excited to have Jessica join our team.