Compton High School 12th-grader Jaysyn Green has yet to decide where she will attend college this fall, but she is determined to achieve her goals no matter where she studies.
But one thing is for sure, Jaysyn will ultimately return to her hometown to make a positive impact for her community. She has big dreams that include one day becoming the mayor of Compton, becoming a lawyer, and a career in national politics.
Jaysyn is a proud product of Compton Unified School District (CUSD). She attended Kennedy Elementary School, Walton Middle School, and is ready to graduate from Compton High.
“Compton has always been a place with a lot of potential, and I’m a reflection of that. I never use Compton as my crutch, it’s more of my step ladder to everything. Because I’m from Compton I can do whatever I set out to do.”
First and foremost, Jaysyn plans to double major in history and education with a minor in criminology with the intention of becoming either a history teacher or a lawyer. In the meantime, she is focused on becoming the first in her family to graduate from college.
“I plan on becoming a district attorney, practicing that for 10 or 15 years, and then maybe become a judge. I might also want to be a teacher,” she said. “No matter where I go, whether I go to Yale or UC Berkeley, I plan on coming back to this area to make a difference,” she said.
Jaysyn’s interest in public service is no surprise given her role as president of her school’s Junior State of America (JSA); a civic education and student leadership program; as well as her love for debating. She has been a part of the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) and participates in her school’s debate team.
“I’m nationally ranked. In my first tournament I went to nationals and earned 14th place. I am also regionally ranked. I have a few trophies…about six or seven.”
Because of her experience as a debater and her school’s JSA program, Jaysyn’s ambition stretches from improving Compton to making a positive impact around the world.
“Whether I’m mayor of Compton or hold a chair in the U.S. Senate, or maybe even Vice-President of the United States, I plan on expanding social tolerance not only in this country but the world,” she said.
“One thing I want to stress is the importance of being politically active in the community. You won’t see the change you want unless you go forth in fighting for that change.”
Jaysyn added that as a local and national leader she would like to promote peace and tolerance. She shared her concern about recent world events, as well as the United States’ social challenges.
“The world lacks tolerance. Our country lacks it too. How can the United States be the big brother of the world if we don’t even have the political tolerance to accept people of different genders, sexual orientations, or religious affiliations?”
Regardless of how big her ambitions are, Jaysyn said she’ll never forget to credit the support of her family and Compton High’s staff for setting her on her college and career path.
“My counselor Ms. Golden, my mom, and my teachers…they all made me feel I could do big things. I know that if I can succeed, other people can too. I want to be a role model for others so they can see they can go to college. Anyone can be who they want to be,” she said.
“My education is one of the only things I cherish. Without it everything else can be taken from me, except my knowledge, my intelligence. It’s one of the only things that is truly mine.”