Join us this month as we profile the staff at the Katie Brown Educational Program.
Jasmine Torres was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts. While enrolled, Jasmine majored in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and minored in Education. She has been dedicated to violence prevention education since 2011, first at the Center for Women and Community (Amherst, MA) then with the Women’s Center of Rhode Island (Providence, RI) until she began working for the Katie Brown Educational Program in August 2016. Jasmine is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at Boston University and is expected to graduate in May 2019. She hopes to continue helping youth, especially those impacted by violence.
How did you learn about the KBEP?
I remember researching violence prevention programs when I began working for an emergency domestic violence shelter in Providence, RI. I saw their website and was incredibly impressed with the classroom programming and dedication to violence prevention. I was fortunate to cross paths with KBEP during my work in Providence.
What is your favorite thing about working at the KBEP?
I have two: the students and my coworkers. Students are full of incredible insight. I learn as much from them as I hope they learn from me. The staff at KBEP is supportive and motivated. We might be a small organization but we are powerful!
Why do you feel like relationship violence prevention is so important?
I believe in a young person’s extraordinary capability to invoke positive change. We must provide them with the tools to build and maintain successful and healthy relationships, free of violence.
What was your favorite subject in high school?
English! I loved it so much that I started my college career as an English major.
Do you have any pets? If so, what’s your favorite part about them?
I have one cat: Sage. She is very friendly, fluffy and an awesome cuddler.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you.
I love yoga and superhero movies!