Hi there! I’m Jessica Bishai, a 16-year-old junior at Dulaney High School in Baltimore, Maryland.
I love band more than I love my left pinky toe. I’ve played both flute and piano since elementary school. I’m currently the co-president of my school’s flute choir, the secretary of the “Rhapsody” music club, and the co-flute/clarinet section leader of my Marching Band.
I am an enthusiastic part of student government and Key Club. Currently, I’m the Class of 2016 vice president, and an educational liaison of the Baltimore County Student Councils. As an active board member of the Key Club, I’ve had the privilege of attending district-wide events (let’s go Capital Crabs!), which have really taught me how service can bring people together.
This union of service and leadership is definitely part of why I love social work so much, but making a difference is the root of it. On a recent trip to India, I got to meet students from some of Delhi’s slums, and I instantly thought of Gandhi’s Talisman: “Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen, and ask yourself, if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.”
I am psyched to be able to make a difference in international women’s rights. I’ve always held the topic of child marriage close to heart, so last year, I founded an organization called Stop Teen Marriage. My goal is to bring attention to the issue and to suggest remedies. Through my advocacy, I discovered Girl Up, and I was instantly onboard.
I am honored to be a 2014-2015 Teen Advisor, and I am so excited to work with my fellow Teen Advisors to inspire girls everywhere!