College Access Program Representative
Jennifer Villaman serves on the Fulfillment Fund’s Alumni Ambassador board as College Access Program Advisor. She was first introduced to the Fulfillment Fund during her middle school years at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood. She joined the organization through the mentoring program by being paired up with a family friend, Toby Waldorf, who was an active member on the board and the organization. Her mentor realized early on that Jennifer needed further academic support that her schools were not providing her with and would greatly benefit by joining the Fulfillment Fund. Through their monthly check-in’s and outings, they not only grew a strong bond but became a lifelong family that continued throughout college and to this day. Jennifer also had an opportunity to be part of the college bound program where she received support by the scholarship advisors and counselors like Sherry Banks. Along with her parents and mentors encouragement, The Fulfillment Fund provided her with a strong professional support group that allowed her to reach for her goal in being the first in her family to attend a four year University.
Jennifer attended UC Riverside and although her college journey had many road blocks along the way, the support she had encouraged her to finish and graduate with B.A. in Sociology. Right after graduation, Jennifer joined AmeriCorps with City Year Los Angeles as a corps member where she served as a tutor, mentor, and role model at Gompers Middle School in South Los Angeles. Once her year of service was completed, she was selected to be a Team Leader of 12 first year corps members at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. During her service years Jennifer developed her communication, leadership, and mentoring skills, which have allowed her to take on higher leadership roles in her non-profit involvement with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of LA. Currently, Jennifer seasonally works for the National Association for Latino Elected Officials, mentors inner-city young girls with M.O.S.T.E. and is strengthening her career portfolio. Jennifer enjoys playing soccer, hiking, exploring the outdoors, mentoring youth and parents, and being around family and friends.