• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aeronautics, '19
  • 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 for one term, and as a GTCC Student Ambassador.

Jamie is now a Junior studying Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University through the Worldwide online program while working full-time in the aviation industry.

Jamie caught the “aviation bug” at a young age while flying RC planes with her dad. Later on, she pursued aviation further while still in high school through taking a Private Pilot Ground School course 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 other 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 serves as the Director of Youth Involvement with YAPA. 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 will be travelling across the country to work for JetBlue Technology Ventures near San Francisco, CA. She will be working closely with the Hiller Aviation Museum right down the street as well.