Jaylen Hackett is a first year Master in Public Policy candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a focus on educational opportunity and poverty alleviation. He is a native of Mobile, Alabama and received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from The University of Southern Mississippi. During his time at Southern Miss, he became a community advocate in supporting students from low income backgrounds within the area with his work inside schools and after school programs throughout his four years. He was also a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Congressional intern and completed the Public Policy International Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. He has spent the past two years completing his Teach For America fellowship as a Middle School Math Teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. This past summer he worked at the Jersey City Housing Authority in revamping the on-site summer camps available to residents across five housing sites, and examining the effectiveness of their after-school program.