Meet Jess LeBlanc
Jess (she/her) is your go-to girl for everything SDGs LAB and her passion for youth empowerment and sustainability exudes through everything she executes at FES. Studying International Development and Social Entrepreneurship in both Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Europe (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), the SDGs are part of her educational foundation, giving her insights on communicating wicked problems to youth in engaging and inspiring ways.
Before joining FES, Jess lived in Costa Rica, working in cross-cultural and experiential education programs for youth. She is an avid advocate for empowering youth to be change-makers through out-of-the-box, grassroots, educational experiences; a professional and personal passion that has led her all over the world to pursue. Whether it is introducing peace and conflict resolution workshops into the Canadian elementary curriculum, connecting youth with grassroots NGOs that address the SDGs in Costa Rica, or participating in wildlife conservation advocacy work in Malawi, Jess loves creating and facilitating powerful educational experiences for youth and believes in the positive impact that this youth engagement can have on our collective pursuit for a sustainable future.