Denise L. Jones
Denise Jones is a recent graduate of Columbia University’s Education Policy and Social Analysis Program and is the current Program Director for Youth Enrichment Services. During her university tenure, Denise actively engaged in conducting K-12 research which focused on engaging low-income students in after-school/ summer-time learning programming. Her research specifically addressed improving student access, out-of-school programming structures, and student engagement. This research, along with her time as a classroom educator, inform her work at YES.
Denise is passionate about out-of-school and summertime learning and believes these are the most innovative learning spaces. Denise is a proponent of peer mentoring and positive peer interaction. The heartbeat of her work at YES remains her relationships with students—they are the reason she is committed to educational equity and to YES’ mission of empowering youth through education.