Hey all! Jason here. I’m a rising junior at New York University, studying Media, Culture, and Communication and Business Studies. I was born in Downtown Manhattan, but spent most of my childhood in a small town called Hurricane in the heart of West Virginia. I came back to the big city not only to learn and experience what’s offered in the classroom, but also to grow both personally and professionally.
In addition to media and comm, I am passionate about social justice, education, and service. My goal is to utilize digital resources and social media to spark conversations and drive positive change. As well, I hope to one day study the representation (or lack thereof) of minority groups and how this sort of portrayal affects health and social interactions.
At Bring on the Books, I’m the Digital Marketing Coordinator with focus on social media and outreach. Essentially, I’m bridging my interests in advocacy through media and engagement with social issues dealing with education and literacy. I love working on new projects with our AMAZING team, and hearing about everyone’s goals and passions inspires me to dream bigger and reach higher.
Looking forward, I see so much potential in Bring on the Books. With our new iOS app (coming soon!), we’ll be able to move toward reducing the gap between those who have books and those who don’t. By connecting those who have gently-used books to local shelters, schools, and other organizations, books would then be available for those who may otherwise not have access.
Finally, our team is looking forward to taking on new initiatives, working more closely with local literacy and education focused organizations, and providing service opportunities for students. Because stories have the ability to shape interactions, especially among young readers, I’d also love for us to tackle the issue of gender and racial inequality in terms of representation in books, leveraging important conversations surrounding the availability of and content within literature.
Thoughts or comments? Feel free to leave them below or reach out to us via Facebook (/BringOnTheBooks) or Twitter (@BOtBFoundation)!