Ayana David-Jacobs

Counselor I
Student Success and Retention
Upward Bound

Julian M. Carroll Academic Services Building
Suite 519
104 University Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601


Phone: (502) 597-6935
Email: ayana.martin@kysu.edu



Ayana David-Jacobs is the Academic Counselor for Upward Bound at Kentucky State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, concentrating in Elementary Education in 2013. A strong advocate for young people from diverse backgrounds and different learning abilities; which includes first generation, low income and at- risk youth. Ayana believes “what the mind can conceive, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill.

She has a strong desire to build young people academically, personally and socially. Her goal as the Academic Counselor is to obtain resources to engage and further the students in their academics, as well as helping them become well rounded adults in society. Overall, Ayana believes that motivating the youth is a must because they are tomorrow’s leaders and the key to achieving greatness.

She plans to pursue her graduate degree in Administration to further help the youth in any way that she can. She believes that all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. She owes all of her accomplishments to her faith, family, and friends that have continually motivated and supported her throughout her life.