FRESNO, California (KGPE) – Dayana Jiselle is a 25-year-old who’s devoted countless hours to community events all while tending to her 2-year old daughter.
Being a graduate student at Fresno State, her mission is to make Fresno a better place.
From hosting, to coordinating community events, Jiselle has dedicated numerous hours to serve, help and inspire the community.
“Whether it’s through work or my volunteer time, I’ve been a part of putting events together and I always say whether I’d be getting paid for it or not, I’d still be doing this,” Jiselle says.
She is a community outreach specialist for Fresno Equal Opportunities Commission: Women, infants and children.
Her job is to connect families to the right resources. However, only a small percent of the time she puts into events is actually through work – the rest is her giving back.
“To me, it’s something that everyone should be doing,” Jiselle says. Adding, “This is where I want to do the most impact is now.”
She was born and raised in southeast Fresno, a neighborhood she’s devoted to give back to. She’s teamed up with the organization “Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life” to hold events like a backpack give away.
“Seeing the kids come out from that neighborhood really just gave me this rush, that I knew this was what I wanted to do,” Jiselle says.
This year, she collected diapers, clothes and other items to give to single moms. She also put together an Easter event for families, allowing kids of all ages to enjoy an Easter egg hunt, food, games and so much more at no cost.
“There is more than enough resources, there is more than enough love to go around. Let’s uplift our community. That’s what I focus on, what can I give that I have enough of. I don’t have a million dollars but I have time that I can make,” she explained.
She’s dedicated countless hours to nonprofits, schools and programs like the Selma Boys and Girls Club, which recently awarded her for her commitment to the club the past three years.
She has also been awarded the Fresno Grizzlies MLB Community Award. Nominations were made by the community.
Jiselle recently started her own movement called “Not a Statistic.” The movement empowers people to overcome negative statistics that tell them they can’t break barriers.
She explains, “I really would like to encourage young girls to bank their identity and their confidence in things that they are going to have forever. Look at their mind and their heart and see what talent they are blessed with and then hopefully putting that back into their community.”