OpenDoors Asheville aims to strengthen community by eliminating the race-based opportunity and achievement gaps for students through education.
Jen and Jasmine will talk about investments in communities, parents and students. OpenDoors Asheville believes “education is the prow of our ship and our students are our highest priority. Supporting students, kindergarten through college, means much more than helping them get better grades. We work with parents and schools to ensure that all students have the stability, resource, equity, and inclusion they need to thrive and ultimately reach their potential. By using a “whole child” methodology, students become inspired members of our community and break the cycle of poverty for themselves, and for generations to come.”
Jen Langdon Ramming, Executive Director, has worked in nonprofit leadership for 23 years in WNC, including being the founder and CEO of OpenDoors of Asheville. Jen holds degrees in Sociology and Mass Communications from the University of Vermont, a Leadership certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Jen is the mother of four boys, an avid mountain biker, sailor, and gardener.
Jasmine Middleton began her relationship with OpenDoors as a student who needed additional guidance and encouragement. Jasmine served two terms on the OpenDoors Board of Directors and is currently on the OpenDoors staff as Head of Sustainability. Jasmine is advancing her education toward an Associate’s degree in Business Administration at Blue Ridge Technical College and is raising her 5-year-old son.