Empowering Youth Through Education

Jovana Smith

Fulfillment Fund alumna Jovana Smith, a 2014 graduate of Marymount California University, is a teacher in South Los Angeles. Hear her story

"Before I went off to college the Fulfillment Fund gave me this backpack. I wore it every day, from my very first day of college to my last. It came with me from South Central, to Palos Verdes, to study abroad in England and South Africa and back home again. It was with me through every late night study session and every teardrop of self-doubt. It was more than a backpack, it was a message to me: That people at the Fulfillment Fund believed in me, and I couldn't quit."