Jessica Brookshire

Jessica Brookshire

Jessica Brookshire is a 2011 graduate of Auburn University with a Masters of Hispanic Studies and concentrations in Latin American History and Women's Studies. She is a 2009 honors graduate from Auburn University with a Bachelors Degree in International Trade and Spanish and a minor in Political Science. As a victim of bullying, Jessica Brookshire's childhood was marked by low self esteem and a constant struggle for acceptance from her peers. Despite her bullies, Jessica became involved in the Miss America Organization in order to raise scholarship money for college. She began competing in the Miss Alabama pageant as Miss Auburn/Opelika Area 2009, Miss Fountain City 2010 and most recently Miss Tombigbee 2011. K.A.R.M.A. was Jessica's chosen platform community service project during her involvement in Miss Alabama. Her work with K.A.R.M.A. has been widely recognized. Jessica won the coveted Catherine Crosby Community Service Award at both the 2010 and the 2011 Miss Alabama Pageants. She was also awarded the Miss America Community Service Award 2011, and previously the 2010 Miracle Maker Award for her fundraising supporting the Children's Miracle Network. Today Jessica Brookshire is a nationally recognized expert on bullying. She founded the organization K.A.R.M.A., Kids Against Ridicule, Meanness and Aggression in 2009 to help combat bullying in schools across the nation. Jessica's crusade to end bullying has been widely recognized, winning several awards and accolades for her success. Jessica has been a guest on The Mike Huckabee Show, as well as an expert commentator on Headline News several times. As a former victim of bullying, Jessica is able to relate to students and parents alike. Along with KARMA Jessica is a founding member of ‘ONE WORD NATION’ an empowerment community to help children and parents deal with bullying. Jessica's mission is simple, to better the lives of others by spreading kindness and empathy. She believes in using life's obstacles as stepping stones to a better life! How did Jessica transform from a timid victim of bullying to a confident, successful woman? All it takes is one word. For Jessica, words are powerful--just one word can change anything, even a life. What is your word?