Here at Pink Leaf, our mission is to inspire youth to lead their best lives – to develop the skills
and relationships necessary to take charge of their futures. Our bootcamps, where we teach
real-life skills in a hands-on way, are a large part of our focus, and Gina Jobe, resident camp
maven, is a driving force behind our camps. Gina is involved heart-high in all our programming:
she writes curriculum, finds qualified (and kind!) instructors, recruits campers, writes reports,
handles the billing...she does everything but teach.
That’s something of a change for Gina who came to Pink Leaf after fourteen years as an
elementary school teacher. Though she loved her students, she’s thrilled to work in an
environment centered on building real relationships, encouraging youth, and growing practical
skills -all things that cannot be measured with a standardized test.
As a camp coordinator, Gina has seen, first-hand, the impact our bootcamps have on the youth
involved. “I love to watch the excitement of some of the youth at the camps across Indiana.
They are especially excited about getting to work in a little café in Indianapolis taught by the
general manager and head cook. It makes me smile every time I see how excited they are to
have this opportunity.” She says. Even so, the program she’s most excited about is still an idea in
progress – walking beside young single mothers and encouraging them with basic life skills and
parenting tips. We’re pretty excited about that one too!
Gina is a Jesus-loving, pottery-throwing grandma, and when she’s not here with us you can find
her playing guitar, reading, quilting, and hanging out with her grandkids. “I’m passionate about
loving the people God has put in my life.”