Jenny Silverio is a professional MMA fighter, but that’s not the only fighting she does. Every day, she fights for teens at risk in high-crime neighborhoods. No, she doesn’t put on a cape and fight criminals; she tackles the issue at the source, in the minds of those at risk. She’s a licensed mental health counselor who works with individuals in inner city, high crime neighborhoods. She’s a fighter in every sense of the word.
Our brand, Wearable Therapy, is committed to spreading awareness about teens at risk and other social issues. Jenny shares that belief, and that’s what makes her one of our Teens at Risk Champions of Advocacy. Check out our interview with Jenny.
Where can we find you?
What social issues lie close to your heart?
Poverty and the effects of poverty on families across various settings such as home, school, and in society.
What sparked your interest in these issues?
Growing up in an immigrant household, I saw the struggles my parents went through to support their family of 3 children. Economic struggles affect individuals not only physically, but emotionally as well because children don’t always understand why they can’t have the same things as other children or why their parents are not home as often. Now grown up, I see the sacrifice that it takes to provide for a family, not only physically but emotionally as well, to raise productive members of society. Today, I have a Master’s degree and am working towards finishing a doctorate while my brother’s are both in careers of engineering and physical therapy.
I am interested in providing this same assistance and guidance to others.
What is your favorite WT product?
I really love all of the products, but my favorite is definitely any of the anti bullying products. I work with a lot of children who are direct victims of bullying and see the damage it causes, not only in school setting but also across the communities.
What is your definition of ‘normal’?
My ‘normal’ is exactly what makes me different from others, but also the same. My whole life has been from standing out to trying to fit in to trying to stand out but fitting in. Everyone is different in a way and everyone has something they can contribute and bring to the table through living up to their potential. This is my ‘normal.’ A being that is living up to their potential despite of what that looks like physically it is the same energetic essence as someone else living up to their potential.
What is a challenge that you face often in your life?
A challenge that I face often especially in fighting that a lot of people still doubt me. This is not only my biggest challenge, but also my best compliment because it inspires me to prove others wrong.
What is the best compliment that you have ever received?
People always say I’m talented and have ‘heart.’ To me this is a compliment because although I don’t see my self as talented I am a hard worker and vest my ‘heart’ in what I want.
Has being an MMA Fighter helped you to be a better mental health counselor ?
Being an MMA fighter has helped me as a mental health counselor because it has given me a way to practice what I ‘preach’ to the families I see in terms of mental health. Find something that helps you to express your self and most importantly life is about living in passion. Having a reason to wake up for every day and to push hard for. This makes you alive. A lot of people live, but they’re not necessarily alive.
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