Youth Advocate, Strategist, Community Activist, & Candidate for BA , University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Jaylen Bradley is a college senior studying Political Science and Sociology as a double major with a subplan in Law, Justice, and Social Change at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is graduating in December of 2020, a semester early. He is a Detroit native who graduated from Renaissance High School in 2017 and currently lives in St. Clair Shores, MI. Jaylen holds a diverse skill-set in diversity, equity, inclusion, and politics. He first began as a Fellow for NextGen America, a progressive environmental advocacy nonprofit. Then, he served as a legislative intern during the Summer of 2018 in the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing, serving under his hometown’s state representative. In addition, Jaylen has gained a wealth of knowledge from his experiences in his role as an intern in the House of Commons of Canada, parliament-serving under the Assistant Deputy Speaker in Ottawa, Ontario. He also interned for the City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s Department of Neighborhoods (District 4). In his most recent internship, he served as the Scheduling Intern in the United States Senate under Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow. Outside of this experience, Jaylen is a very compassionate individual who values being a hands-on agent of positive changes that gives back to his community. He belongs to the following organizations: Michigan Youth in Government (MYIG) Alumni Advisory Board, the Black United Fund of Michigan (BUF), the Grosse Pointe-Harper Woods (MI) NAACP Chapter serving as the Youth & Young Adults Chair, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, and the Washtenaw County’s (MI) Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) Champions for Change. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering in the community at various health walks and food banks, spending time with family and friends, and advocating for various causes related to human rights, criminal justice, and education. During his freshman year in the residential college, he created and spearheaded an initiative called the “Diversity and Politics (D.A.P.) Forum”, an organization where students engage weekly in a dialogue discussing political and social justice issues for elective credit. Despite being busy with this organization, Jaylen continues his dedication to extra-curricular activities and keeping a high-grade point average. One final notable achievement is that he has served as the U-M Black Undergraduate Law Association President and is a board member on various U-M administrative boards. Ultimately, Jaylen lives by the motto of “Dream big. Set goals. Take action”.