Former NYLC Youth Project Team Member Is Finalist on "The Apprentice"

Former NYLC Youth Project Team member Rebecca Jarvis is one of two finalists competing for the coveted position of working for renowned entrepreneur Donald Trump. The final choice will be made this Thursday, December 15, during the season finale of  "The Apprentice."

Former NYLC Youth Project Team member Rebecca Jarvis, a native of St. Paul, Minn., is one of two finalists competing for the coveted position of working for renowned entrepreneur Donald Trump. The final choice will be made this Thursday, December 15, during the season finale of Trump's reality television show, "The Apprentice," at 8 p.m. CST.

"When NYLC met Becky as a teen, she was already motivated to give back to her community," said NYLC President and CEO Jim Kielsmeier. "It's no surprise that the leadership skills she honed then have taken her this far." Thursday night's episode of "The Apprentice" is centered on Jarvis' and her contender's abilities to organize successful benefit events.

A graduate of the University of Chicago with degrees in economics and pre-law, Jarvis, 24, is currently a Chicago-based financial reporter. Her journalistic and community interests were already evident in her high school years at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School, both in Saint Paul, where she was editor of the school paper. In the 1990s
she worked with NYLC and the Minnesota Alliance with Youth, which she co-chaired with then Minnesota Lt. Gov. Joanne Benson. Such involvement took her to Philadelphia and Orlando, where she served as and NYLC youth reporter at National Youth Summits, getting one of the few interviews granted by then Secretary of State Colin Powell. She also pursued television journalism, serving as a reporter for the youth program "Whatever," broadcast by NBC affiliate KARE-11 in Minneapolis.

In 2000, Jarvis was named "One of 20 Teens Who Will Change the World" by Teen People magazine and was awarded a Point of Light by President Clinton.

Jarvis' community engagement continues today, as she volunteers with Pivot Consulting, a firm that helps nonprofits operate more effectively and efficiently. She also sits on the board of directors for YOUTHRIVE, a Minnesota-based nonprofit devoted to engaging young people in strengthening leadership and peace-building skills through service-learning.