Personality: Jenny M. High

Spotlight on founder and president of nonprofit Go High Center for the Arts

5/19/2018, 1:42 p.m.
Jenny M. High, founder and president of Go High Center for the Arts, is a visionary and mentor to Richmond ...

Meet youth advocate and this week’s Personality, Jenny M. High:

Occupation: Systems engineer-business systems consultant.

Community involvement: Founder, owner and president Go High Corp. Center for the Arts youth organization centered around providing leadership skills, job readiness, training and development utilizing social media, music production, fashion and video as the catalyst, and founder of Prom Bring It.

Date and place of birth: April 12 in New York City. Born to a Dominican father and Lebanese mother.

Current residence: Glen Allen.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Penn State University; bachelor’s in system administration, Syracuse University.

Family: Husband, Greg High; son, William, and daughter, Gianna.

Reason for founding Go High Center for the Arts: It was developed as a result of my daughter excelling with the violin and my son producing music. I saw that my son’s group of friends coming to the house was getting larger. They were very talented and were staying out of trouble, but they had to get out of my house. I couldn’t find a donated space for them so I had a studio built in the back of the house.

Why I am excited about this organization: Because I see the youths evolving. I see in them what they don’t see in themselves. I teach young people to use whatever gift or strength they have as a tool to work with for growth, development and leadership. I try to ignite a fire and confidence in them that has not existed before. I educate young people in a way they have never been before.

Services GHCTA provides: An alternative community for youths managed by the youths themselves, Go High Corp Center for the Arts provides opportunities for local youths to perform and showcase their own work in a healthy environment. The venue will host concerts, video and music produced in our own studios, community events and social media and marketing workshops in collaboration with local artists and musicians. Providing this alternative youth community will give youths another recreational option, resulting in healthy decision-making and habits. As GHCTA programs develop, the organization hopes to form additional community partnerships that will provide job internship opportunities for the youths each year.

How to become a volunteer: We are listed on Volunteermatch. Go to our website www.gohighcorp.org, Facebook GoHighCorp, Twitter @Gohighcorp, Instagram @Gohighcorp.

What motivated me to get involved in community service: It is in my blood. You should always give back. If it weren’t for people like my fourth-grade teacher who I still keep in touch with and is my Facebook friend, and others like her who motivated me and inspired me, I would have ended up like many of the young people today. I was blessed to be surrounded by people who inspired me and cared about me. That is a rare ingredient these days.

How I start the day: Strong coffee and my dogs, and then I log into work — sometimes vice versa.

Perfect day for me: When my interns are productive and complete everything that is assigned to them, especially because it benefits them.

If I had more time, I would: Play the lottery every day, travel more, apply for my own grants, watch more TV, etc.

A quote that I am inspired by: If you want to soar like an eagle you can’t hang around pigeons.

How I unwind: Reality TV and wine.

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: Fast and pray every Wednesday. It was customary for me and my dad. I go to Our Lady of Lourdes for my dad’s birthday and the anniversary of his death to pray for him.

Three words that best describe me: Confident, honest, resilient.

Best late-night snack: Morcilla (Blood sausage).

Person who influenced me the most: My father.

The book that influenced me the most: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

What I’m reading now: The web — everything regarding everything.

My next goal: Creating educational webinars in Spanish and monetizing them.