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Who Is Jessica Janniere?
Jessica Janniere is the author of the best-selling book “Look Up and Beyond” (Student Edition) and the founder of Look Up and Beyond Inc. As a child abuse and rape survivor, Jessica is on a mission to help people to realize that negative past experiences do not equal a negative future regardless of the level of trauma they've faced.
Jessica is widely recognized as an expert in helping people (especially women and youth) overcome adversity. The New York State Assembly and Senate have recognized Jessica for raising awareness about and improving the prevention of, suicide from individuals struggling with depression and emotional pain.
Her strategies have been so effective that she was awarded the prestigious "I Am Hope" Leadership Award, recognizing her ability to prevent human suffering. She has also been awarded the "Hope and Appreciation" Award by Opportunities and Changes for helping women with mental health challenges. The New York City Council called Jessica a "Woman Who Makes a Difference." And most recently, she was a recipient of the “O” Factor award from ACT Studios, which recognized her as a powerful community advocate and pioneer.
Jessica has spoken to audiences ranging from 3 to 3,000 people, and she has shared the stage with celebrities like Ed Lover, one of MTV's most famous VJs. Jessica's work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the inspirational international magazine, Hope For Women. She has also been invited to appear as a guest expert on a variety of television shows to discuss overcoming past trauma.
Her dedication to helping people from all walks of life led her to her passion project of helping people during the darkest moments of their lives. Jessica has been on call 24/7 to help men and women who are most at risk for committing suicide.
One of her greatest passions is working and speaking with youth who have challenging backgrounds to help them realize there is more to life than what they see in front of them. Through her "Look Up and Beyond: Youth Initiative," Jessica organizes outings to take inner city youth beyond the walls of their neighborhoods, many for the first time, to experience firsthand the amazing opportunities that exist in life such as education, arts, and culture.
Jessica is no stranger to success. She became one of the youngest Recreational Therapy Directors ever at a nursing home in New York City where she ensured that the elderly residents could live out the rest of their lives with passion, purpose and amazing quality of life. From there Jessica worked for one of the country's largest legal companies where she was one of the top recruiters and event planners for 10 years.
When Jessica isn't traveling the country to speak and her latest research, she can be found laughing with her family, exploring the outdoors, completing adult coloring books and singing ... although she is still very shy about the last hobby :)