Training & Programming Team

Jessica O’Tool

Training and Programming Director

Though she is a native Minnesotan who loves Minneapolis summers, Jessica was thrilled to spend five summers away with YouthWorks, beginning with Benton Harbor in 2008. She currently spends her time at YouthWorks preparing materials to train our stellar summer staff. Jessica is most often found trading stories over a good cup of coffee, exploring the outdoors with her husband, Josh, and trying not to lose her pet hamster and pet snakes.

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Jenny Liesenfelt

Training & Programming Associate

After four summers of experiencing YouthWorks mission trips as a teenager, Jenny tried her hand at being a summer staff as a Community Service Coordinator in Yankton, SD in 2013. Since then, she has led on many YouthWorks sites prior to joining the full time team as a Training and Programming Associate. Having had experience as a junior high English teacher, Jenny brings a passion for teaching others and developing training and programmatic materials. When she is not at YouthWorks, Jenny enjoys spending time reading a good book, taking road trips all over the country, cooking and baking delicious foods, and adventuring in her hometown of Minneapolis.

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Rachel Binning

Training & Programming Associate

Rachel joined YouthWorks full-time in September 2016 after serving two summers as a Site Director in Northern Cheyenne and Chicago 2 and two as an Area Director in South Dakota. She is passionate about respectful service and building community relationships. Outside of work she enjoys hiking, camping and trying new restaurants with friends.

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