Jelicia Jimenez is a Library and Media Specialist at Elmwood Village Charter School in Buffalo, NY. Most of her childhood was spent lost in a book, and she hopes to inspire a future generation to fall in love with reading as much as she did.
Jelicia has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and a Masters of Science in Library and Information Science. She recently co-founded a nonprofit in Buffalo, NY called Black Boys Read Too with the mission to address access to information by getting books in kids hands by any means necessary. She is also the winner of the 2022 Outstanding Librarian Award given by Senator Sean Ryan, and represents Western New York in her accolade. Jelicia is a 2022 Excellence in Education Award Finalist and graduate of Open Buffalo’s Emerging Leaders class of ‘20. She enjoys finding ways to get involved in and around the Buffalo community, and hopes to continue inspiring a generation of emerging readers and inquirers.