We are excited to speak with Jessica “Jay” Wong, a community advocate for social justice and youth programs, who understands the power in telling one’s narrative. She candidly shares her earlier struggles with cultural identity growing up as a mixed Asian in Fall River, Massachusetts, and her experience in living with epilepsy.
Jessica recently joined the administrative staff of the Asian American Commission. She also serves as a Life Coach for cis-gender males/transgender youth at Roxbury Youthworks in Boston.
Earlier on, she served as an AmeriCorps member for her community in Fall River, where she founded a young women’s empowerment group called W.A.V.E (Women, Action, Voice, Empowerment). In 2017, she was the youngest and first Asian American female to run for School Committee in Fall River.
She supports the Nearyroth Academy of Arts as a classical/folk Cambodian dancer, and volunteers with Asian Women for Health, the Chinese Progressive Association, and the Children’s Improvement Organization in Siem Reap, Cambodia. She is a strong advocate for the Southeast Asian community in preventing deportation and addressing mental health and cultural preservation.
She attended Bristol Community College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science.
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