Director of Youth Development and Innovation
Jessie Emmons was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. Her affiliation with the Y began when she 6 years old, as a second generation camper at YMCA Camp Eberhart in Three Rivers, MI. A true camp kid, Jessie spent every summer at camp. At 17, she joined the staff, spending six full summers at camp and three years working in Outdoor Education. She transitioned to the South Bend branch after graduating college and began overseeing after school and day camp programming full-time. Within four years Jessie was overseeing all Youth Development programs and had expanded their Day Camp program from one site to four.
Her favorite part about camp is that it is the one place in the world where she truly feels like she can be herself and is accepted. Camp is a place where being silly and loud is praised, which is great because loud and silly is Jessie’s default mode. She loves the water and practically lives in her bathing suit all summer. She’s always available for a Taylor Swift dance party or sing-a-longs and is an avid believer in magic, specifically Disney magic. Her favorite way to spend her time off is with her dog, Fitz. You can find them hiking, playing fetch, or napping.