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Edison Jaquez, Berkeley College alumnus

Berkeley College Alumnus of the Year Inspires through Youth Mentoring and Motivational Speaking



Edison Jaquez, Berkeley College alumnus


Before enrolling at Berkeley College, Edison Jaquez was mixed up in hard crime. It took two key moments to make Mr. Jaquez turn his life around. One was losing friends to the streets, jail, and gun violence. The other was being in jail when his son was 2 years old. “That’s when I made a promise to myself, to my son, and to my family to stop,” Mr. Jaquez said.

Mr. Jaquez, who moved from the Dominican Republic to Perth Amboy, NJ, with his family at the age of 7, went on to pursue a career in youth mentoring after graduating from Berkeley College in 2009 with a B.S. in Business Management. Since 2011, he has worked as the Program Coordinator for the Civic Justice Corps at the Jewish Renaissance Foundation in Perth Amboy, NJ, where he is responsible for program training and fiscal management while working with at-risk youth, ages 16 to 24. Mr. Jaquez also serves as CEO/Founder of B-Men and co-founder of BYOUtiful, two mentoring organizations designed to enhance the lives of today’s youth.

Berkeley College also helped Mr. Jaquez prepare for and launch a successful career in motivational speaking. He speaks openly about his struggles with crime as a youth to audiences throughout the U.S. He is also an author, and has detailed his past experiences in the book, “A Second Chance; Life Lessons Turned into Living Dreams.”

Mr. Jaquez was honored when he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Berkeley College in 2016 for his contributions to the community. He has also received the Principles for Life Education Award from the I Can Foundation, and an Award of Recognition from the United Dominicans of Perth Amboy.

Up Close with Edison Jaquez

What does success mean to you?

Success means being able to accomplish your goals, and being happy doing something you love.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

The fact that my parents dropped out of high school to give my siblings and me a better life.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley College taught me what to expect and everything I needed to know when I reached the outside world.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself being successful in the future by using my resources and never giving up.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

My advice would be take college seriously and don’t ever stop working hard.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

When I received the 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award.

Summer Author Event

Mr. Jaquez will be participating in our Summer Author Event and Virtual Discussions on July 20 at the Woodbridge campus student center. For more information, click here.