Jessica Standifer

Age: 26
Home Town: Simi Valley, California
Education: B.A. and M.A. in Geography (University of California, Los Angeles)
Specific Field Interests: Sustainable Development
Placement: TYCIA Foundation in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi, NCR
Area of Focus: Education

Fellowship Project: Design a campaign for educational facilities to increase enrollment and retention of girls from the Korku tribe by incorporating life skills into the curriculum and training teachers.

Highlights: Jessica is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Clinton Fellow with TYCIA Foundation in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi, NCR. For her Fellowship project, she is designing a campaign for educational facilities to increase enrollment and retention of girls from the Korku tribe by incorporating life skills into the curriculum and training teachers. After completing her undergraduate studies, Jessica taught technical theater in the Performing Arts Department at Santa Susana High School. In addition to teaching, she designed a new curriculum, built community partnerships, and secured internship opportunities for students. Jessica participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program, studying Urdu in Lucknow. Furthermore, with a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, she continued her Urdu studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison South Asia Summer Language Institute. Jessica is excited to join the AIF Clinton Fellowship to work with girls. Raised in Southern California, Jessica has always had a knack for storytelling, which has woven together her experiences in theater, research, and data science. Jessica looks forward to tackling her Fellowship project and building upon her studies in urbanization and quantitative research experience.

Posts by jessica_standifer

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Pagdandi Yatra 2020: Photo Journal

In March, TYCIA staff and a group of young professionals across sectors visited a number […]

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Let’s Chaat: A Story of Connection

If you missed the Lost & Found episode of the AIF Fellowship Podcast, Let’s Chaat, check […]

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A Lasting Campaign: School Chale Hum

सवेरे सवेरे, यारों से मिलने, बन ठन के निकले हम सवेरे सवेरे, यारों से मिलने, […]

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Part III of Navigating COVID-19: Design Thinking Workshop

The Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series began in May 2019 during the height of the pandemic lockdown […]

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Part II of Navigating COVID-19: How AIF Alumni Are Adapting to the Crisis?

The Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series began in May 2019 during the height of the pandemic lockdown […]

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Part I of Navigating COVID-19: How AIF Alumni are Adapting to the Crisis?

The Navigating COVID-19 Webinar Series began in May 2019 during the height of the pandemic lockdown […]

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The Campaign Trail: The Road to 1000andyou

Looking around at my smiling and laughing colleagues sitting beside strangers, each passing around a […]

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First Impressions: Development Finance and CSR

It had been one week since I joined TYCIA Foundation as an AIF Clinton Fellow, […]

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