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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautics, '20

  • Host Institution: Jet Blue Technology Ventures

  • Mentor: Nicole Stott

Jamie Helander began her education at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina and graduated in May 2016 with her AAS in Aviation Management. While at GTCC, she served as the President of the Alpha Eta Rho – Gamma Theta Chi chapter, Treasurer and Ground Events Instructor of the NIFA GTCC Flight Team, Student Government Association – Aviation Campus Representative, and GTCC Student Ambassador.

Jamie is now a Junior studying Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University through the Worldwide online program while working for the Aviation Community Foundation (ACF). She began her time at ACF immediately following her summer at JetBlue Tech Ventures. Jamie served as the Director of Operations for 3 months, quickly being promoted to Executive Director. ACF serves over 100,000 students from a dozen aviation and STEM education programs across the country with the mission of Launching 1,000,000 Flight Plans for Life! 

Jamie caught the “aviation bug” at a young age while flying RC planes with her dad. In high school, she pursued aviation further through Private Pilot Ground School and attending a local aviation summer camp in 2012. For the following three summers, Jamie returned to the camp as a Counselor and Lead Counselor. The ASCEND summer camp was were Jamie realized that her true passion lies in propelling young people to pursue careers and hobbies within aviation, aerospace, and beyond! This passion drew her to help found the Youth Aviation Programs Association (YAPA), a nonprofit dedicated to promoting all youth-based, aviation programs and assisting in the dissemination of information to help build new programs and strengthen the existing ones. Jamie served as the Director of Youth Involvement with YAPA for 5 years. Her ultimate goal is to encourage young aviation enthusiasts, help them strengthen their personal passion and interests, and guide them to pathways for success. From the beginning, she has been particularly interested in programs that serve women, young people of low-income, and youth of color.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Jamie worked for JetBlue Technology Ventures (JTV) and the Hiller Aviation Museum near San Francisco, CA. At JTV, Jamie developed the foundation for a national-recognized Girl Scouts of USA Aviation Badge. She wrote age-appropriate curriculum, forged partnerships with the Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNORCAL) Council & many industry companies/organizations, solicited Letters of Support from over 100 aviation/aerospace museums, universities with aviation departments, companies, and organizations, and presented the project to GSNORCAL's CEO and STEM staff. After 6 months of anxiously waiting, GSUSA has accepted Jamie's Aviation Badge series proposal and will be actively building-out curriculum in 2019! At the Hiller Aviation Museum, Jamie developed, designed, produced, and directed a series of promotional and educational YouTube videos. The series was titled "Heads Up @ Hiller!" and featured some of the coolest exhibits and attractions at Hiller.