Olivia Jones graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Speech Language Hearing Sciences. She went on to teach English Language Arts at Manual High School in Denver. During her fifth year at Manual, Olivia worked alongside 15 seniors to co-create The Mardale Jay Writing Center (MJWC), the first student-led high school writing center in the nation. In 2017, The MJWC expanded into the larger community to serve all students in the Denver-Metro area. Within one year, it had connected with over seven hundred students from more than forty schools across Denver and Aurora. In October 2017, Olivia co-founded Empower Community High School, an innovative school that is led by students, guided by educators and co-created with community. Olivia feels the most joy when living and learning in a community grounded in love.
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