By Marquel Sennet
SHREVEPORT, La – Jalynn Pickens has been dancing since she was three years old.
“Everybody can understand what you’re saying more than actually using words.”
She’s a trained dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and other genres. For more than a decade she has danced at Christian Dance Center.
When she’s not on the dance floor the sophomore at Caddo Magnet High School tries to give back to the community.
“God gave me the spirit to give and I decided to give back, because it just feels right to give back.”
Instead of having a Sweet 16 party Jalynn decided to hold a “Jeans for Teens” donation drive.
“When I started high school I met someone in my class who was experiencing homelessness. She was living with her best friend and I decided to give back and jeans is the easiest outfit. You can do jeans and a t-shirt, you can dress it up, or you can wear it casual and you can have a week’s worth of outfits.”
She hopes others will follow her example.
“People always look up to me and i just think it’s pretty cool.”
Once she graduates, Jalynn wants to attend an Historically Black College and student chemistry. She wants to pursue a career as an organic chemist.
She wants to eventually open up her own dance studio for underprivileged young girls.
Another story on Jalynn and her jeans drive may be found here: http://www.ksla.com/story/37459307/shreveport-teen-holds-sweet-16-jeans-drive-instead-of-party