Jarian Lee is a current freshman at Georgetown University, where he is a Government and Sociology double major and a Business Administration minor.
He is also a member of Ramsay High School’s 2017 graduating class. Jarian became involved with the Birmingham Education Foundation as a high school freshman when he participated in one of Ed’s Network Nights. Network Nights provide a setting for students, teachers, parents, and other leaders in the Birmingham community to collaborate on ways to help students in Birmingham City Schools. After his first Network Night, he was inspired to stay close to the great people at the Birmingham Education Foundation so that he could have consistent mentorship and guidance throughout his high school years.
His close involvement and commitment to Ed’s programs allowed Jarian to be one of four participants in the second annual Family Game Night, a game-show style competition where teams of local executives compete alongside students from Birmingham City Schools to win college scholarships. Jarian notes this night as his favorite experience with the because he had a lot of fun and made some great friends in the process. Ed Family Game Night was also a special for Jarian because it helped fund his expenses at Georgetown University.
At Georgetown, Jarian is continuing to foster Ed’s mission by being a Near Peer Mentor in the D.C. community. As well, because Ed is big on entrepreneurship and innovation, Jarian has joined the Georgetown Ventures, a seed accelerator that provides undergraduate entrepreneurs with funding, student consulting services, and professional mentorship, and Georgetown Collegiate Investors, an educational program for prospective analysts to learn basic investment and gain practical experience, with this goal in mind.
Jarian was interviewed by Kendal Harris. Kendal is a Montgomery, Alabama native and current junior English major at Birmingham-Southern College. Her passion for education began when after shadowing a Jefferson County middle school teacher, she noticed the injustices and difficulties that ESL and non-English speaking students faced in the classroom. She is working with the Development and Communications Director in implementation and strategy for the promotion of Birmingham Education Foundation. After college, Kendal hopes to use her love of photography and writing to pursue a career in the Communications and Marketing field.