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Jessica Keys

Jessica Keys

Arapahoe Community College SECond Mission AmeriCorps VISTA

Jessica is the VISTA at Arapahoe Community College. She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. This is her second year serving with AmeriCorps; Last year she served as a team leader in AmeriCorps NCCC Pacific Region. She eventually hopes to go to graduate school to get her Master’s Degree in Counterterrorism, and Non-Proliferation.

When she graduated from college a year ago, Jessica didn’t know what she wanted to do long-term. So, she decided that she would dedicate the majority of her twenties to community service. She served with AmeriCorps NCCC, and loved it, but when her service year was almost over, she felt the overwhelming need to give back to her local community. She was elated when she found the VISTA position open in Colorado. Jessica finds working with veterans important because her great uncle is a Navy veteran, some of her family fought in the Korean War and she also has friends from college who were Army veterans. Through these connections, she saw firsthand how hard it is to transition from the military life back to civilian life. She enjoys working with SECond Mission as a VISTA member because she wants to support the same people who have supported her country. She strives to serve as a resource for the student veterans at Arapahoe Commuity College, and enable student veterans to come to her with issues reguarding their transition into student and civilian life. She works hard to create lasting relationships and serve as bridge between civilian and veteran communities. 

Jessica enjoys listening to Korean Pop, spending quality time with friends and family, as well as reading with a nice hot cup of coffee. 



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