By the time she was 18, Jenna Ghibaudy had founded two community service organizations.
After years of volunteering in homeless shelters in her hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ghibaudy noticed that most shelters were lacking in intellectual stimulation for its residents. In 2011 she founded ‘Zines from Teens, a community service organization that promotes education and literacy among the homeless through the collection and monthly distribution of books and magazines to local homeless shelters. More than 2,500 books were delivered, and two homeless shelters constructed libraries from the donations she initiated.
When Ghibaudy moved to Tampa to attend USF, she discovered that Tampa has the highest rates of human trafficking in Florida. In 2015, she founded Free the Bay, a community service organization that raises funds and awareness to prevent human trafficking in Tampa. She is in the process of planning a 5K run and various activities and events throughout the area for Free the Bay.
Her leadership skills interested Bank of America, who selected Ghibaudy as one of their five student leader interns out of 400 prospects. She held an internship with Bank of America last summer, where she gained professional experience and attended a leadership summit in Washington D.C.
A resident of the Bulls Business Community and a member of the Business Honors Program, Ghibaudy has immersed herself into the USF family. She is a consultant in the Business Communications Center, where she helps business students develop ideas and writing skills. She was accepted into the Muma Leadership Program where she is working toward a Professional Development Certificate. Such involvement caught the eye of AXA Advisors on campus. She was recently selected as one of 12 students for AXA’s Inaugural Leadership and Professional Sales Development Program at USF.