Jacqueline Brown-Gaines of Spelman College

Post date: Sep 21, 2016 5:11:56 AM

Jacqueline Brown-GainesSpelman College

Golden Women Book Scholarship Winner

Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science

Why continuing an education is so important to her:

"As Americans, we are fortunate enough to live in a society where you can come from nothing and become something. The way to do this, however, is through higher education because with knowledge comes power. Education is the key to open doors to life-changing experiences, new people, and new places. If it weren’t for learning and the drive for innovation, society could not flourish. I come from a community where not many people went to college after high school, and I frequently experience the setbacks we encounter because of this. My community consists of closed-mindedness, low income, and products of systematic oppression. I don’t want to become a product of my environment and go through the same struggles that my family and community members have had to face. That is why I thirst for higher education and am going to succeed in college and beyond."

Jacqueline is/was apart of:

-Principal Tubist of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (3 years)-a non-profit community orchestra dedicated to enhancing the musicianship within the African-American community (http://icyola.org/)

-First Chair Tubist and Section Leader of Ramon C. Cortines Symphonic Band (4 years)- the top wind ensemble at Grand Arts school of VAPA (central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com)

-First Chair Tubist of Ramon C. Cortines Jazz Band (1 year)- a prestigious jazz group at Grand Arts School of VAPA (central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com)

-Member of Ramon C. Cortines Chamber Singers (3 years)- the top performing choral group at Grand Arts VAPA (central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com)

-Second Chair Tubist of Colburn Conservatory Wind Ensemble (3 years)- a prestigious wind ensemble composed of the best high school musicians in Southern California (http://www.colburnschool.edu/)

-President of The Olivet Lutheran Church “Rise Up!” Youth Group (2 years)- a youth group aimed at bettering the community and giving back to the congregation. (Kristal Shipp 310-751-8000)

-Youth Deacon of Olivet Lutheran Church- a student deacon who must oversee the worship service (Olivet Lutheran Church 323-757-1887)

-Girl Scout Gold Award (planning, producing, and execution of my own 4-week series of College Survival workshops) (gsgla.org)

-Volunteer at Inglewood Healthcare Center (once a month, two hours)- singing, performing, and entertaining the elderly at a convalescent home. (310-677-1114)

-Volunteer at Wine Masters Annual Wine Tasting Extravaganza (annually, 8 hours)-preparing and setting up for a wine-tasting and food festival in the spring. (http://californiawinemasters.org/)

-Peer mentor at Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (once a week, two hours)- educate and teach students how to play their instruments proficiently. (Icyola.org)

-Volunteer at Nu Building Blocks Preschool(twice a week, six hours)-caring for the children, helping the teachers, and cleaning anything that needs to be washed. (323 732-5439)

-Volunteer for LA Opera events (bi-annually, 6 hours)- ushering at concerts, events, and fundraising. (laopera.org)

-Senior Patrol Leader of Girl Scout Troop #5915 of Inglewood, CA (3 years)- the girl leader of my Girl Scout troop; plans, proposes and executes community service events and troop outings.

-Member of Black Student Union Club at Ramon C. Cortines High School (1 year)- a club dedicated to the enhancement of the Black population at Grand Arts VAPA (central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com)

-Member of Environmental Science Club at Ramon C. Cortines High School (1 year)- a club that advocates and educates for the betterment and preservation of our natural environment. (central-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com)

Jacqueline, what does the term “Golden Women” mean to you?

"Gold, in its metallic form, is the most malleable element on this planet. This means that it can change its shape, molded, stretched, and turned into almost anything without losing its properties. As a Golden Women, one must be able to adapt and change to fit her present situation, but never lose sight of who she truly is. Furthermore, gold is the medal that is given to the highest performing athlete in athletic competitions, and symbolizes outstanding achievement above everyone else. To be a Golden Women means to be the best, the greatest, and succeed in every endeavor that she faces. I aspire to be a Golden Woman everyday of my life because failure is not an option. Whatever I do, I put my all into, and I will never stop until I reach my goals."

Jacqueline, describe something that is plaguing young women today and explain what can be done to turn it around? What can you do to help?

"One of the major issues that I see in my community of young women today is the lack of discourse about the importance of maintaining one’s mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Continuously, especially in the Black community, problems like depression and anxiety are swept under the rug and seen as a “white people's disease.” Anyone, regardless of race, can suffer from anxiety and depression, and unfortunately millions of women do. It’s a growing problem, especially with the growing popularity of social media and increased expectations in younger children. This topic is very special to me as I suffer from anxiety, and I plan to incorporate awareness surrounding that topic in every endeavor that I participate in in the future."