Originally from South Africa, Jayde was raised in the Kingdom of eSwatini before moving to Maine in 2016. While completing her undergraduate degree at Bates College, she volunteered with various organizations helping refugees and asylum seekers Lewiston. In her final year, she collaborated with Maine Community Integration on a research thesis which informed 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 to support educational outcomes in youth and immigrant populations.
Following her internship with MIRC in 2019, where she assisted the emergency relief efforts with asylum seekers at the Portland 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.