Jarvis Benson of the 26th Class of Emerson National Hunger Fellows presents “Alabama Counts: The Importance of the 2020 Census” at the Rayburn House Office Building on Friday, 2/28/2020. Jarvis completed his field work with Alabama Possible in Birmingham, Alabama.
Originally from Grenada, Mississippi, Jarvis graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with degrees in international studies and Spanish. His passion for social justice came while serving as a community organizer for the non-profit Mississippi Votes and overseeing the largest voter registration effort in the state since the Freedom Summer of 1964. A former president of the Black Student Union and Associated Student Body government senator, Jarvis also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA associate in the New Albany Mississippi School District. In his senior year, Jarvis conducted research in Puebla, Mexico for his undergraduate thesis on the impact of segregation on poverty in the city.
Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that removes barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration, and advocacy. Our research-driven work is designed to broaden relationships and enhance capacity building, with a focus on addressing systemic poverty. We believe that it is possible for all Alabamians to lead prosperous lives, and our programs work to make that possibility a reality. We have been working to change the way people think and talk about poverty in Alabama since 1993.