Spencer volunteered and worked at Bridges for 7 years from 9th grade at St. Paul’s School through his junior year at Denison University.
“My experience with Bridges continues to shape me as a person to this day,” Spencer remarked when we caught up with him in Harlem, where he works to provide student athletes with academic support, leadership training, and more.
At Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership he has found a way to combine his love of lacrosse with his passion for working with children, which he says was first realized at Bridges.
As his college graduation approached, Jesse was thinking a lot about what he wanted to do with his life.
His mind kept turning back to a pivotal experience from his past: the years he spent volunteering at Bridges.
Jesse volunteered in Bridges from the summer after his freshman year at St. Paul’s to the summer after his freshman year in college, by which point he was the head counselor. Upon graduation from Vanderbilt, he taught physics at Mergenthaler Vocational- Technical High School through Teach For America.