Jessie Laurore is a senior research assistant with the youth development team at Child Trends. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, Jessie majored in History and Science, with a focus in Mind, Brain, and Behavior, and minored in Global Health and Health Policy. In her senior year, she wrote an honors thesis on African American women’s mental health activism. Her thesis included three case studies on African American women’s groups and how they promoted mental health within the group and their respective communities. Her research interests include the intersections between youth development, equity, juvenile justice, and mental and emotional health.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Jessie interned at the anti-poverty nonprofit LIFT. At LIFT, she worked with the program, development, and communication teams to help find people-centered solutions to poverty. She also mentored 3rd through 5th grade girls with the school-based Strong Women, Strong Girls program. Jessie taught the girls about impactful women and how to see their own goals as attainable. Jessie hopes to pursue an advanced degree in public health.