Alumni Update: Jessica Ramirez

Jessica Ramirez gives her speech during the 2011 Youth of the Year judging.
Jessica Ramirez gives her speech during the 2011 Youth of the Year judging.

Sometimes, the thing you think you wanted to do for the rest of your life becomes something completely different.

Jessica Ramirez started going to Boys & Girls Clubs of Mason Valley in Yerington as a kid. Her family was going through a rough patch, and the Club became a great resource for her parents and a second home to Jessica. As Jessica progressed through her life at the Club, she became more involved, joining the Leaders in Training program and taking on a big role in the THTC Keystone Club. Jessica was also one of the first employees at the Take One Movie Theater, now The Yerington Movie House.

Jessica graduated from Yerington High School in 2011, and went on to the University of Nevada as a business major. After taking business classes for three years, Jessica said she had a realization.

“There was no moment in business that I was like ‘Wow. This is what I want to do with the rest of my life,” Jessica said.

She then took a communications class, and loved it.

“Everything about communications was amazing,” she said. The idea that communication created a shared meaning was something that she thought was really powerful, so she switched her major from international business to communications and Spanish. What does Jessica plan on doing with this new major?

“I decided that is a problem for later,” she joked.

What Jessica does know is that she wants to work for a non-profit after she graduates in Spring 2016. She wants to make a difference in the world.

“I love what the club did for me,” she said. “I love the opportunities I received and the impact I have seen the club bring to hundreds of kids. I want to do that”