Originally from eSwatini, Jayde moved to Maine in 2016 and has since been actively engaged with various community-based organizations in Lewiston. During her fours years as a Bonner Leader for civic engagement at Bates College, she assisted with refugee integration programs, youth aspiration programs, and volunteered as a French interpreter. These experiences along with her passion for justice and equity within the mental healthcare system culminated in a research thesis in collaboration with Maine Community Integration, informing the development of a culturally-appropriate trauma intervention program for refugee youth. Outside the United States, she has held intern positions in both Rwanda and France, working on educational programs supporting youth and immigrant populations.
Following her internship with MIRC in 2019, where she assisted the emergency relief efforts at the EXPO, Jayde re-joined the team in June 2020 as Program Associate to continue supporting the community’s emerging needs around COVID-19, and to advocate for their social, economic, physical and emotional well-being. Jayde is a Bates College graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and French.