Youngest Judge in Easley Inspires Youth

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At the age of 25, Jasmine Twitty became the youngest judge appointed in the city of Easley’s history.

It’s a job, the now 26-year-old, said she’s dreamed of since she was a little girl, and six months ago, that dream came true.

“It was one of those moments,” said Twitty, an associate judge in Easley. “I was like is this actually happening.”

The Greenville native and J.L. Mann and College of Charleston graduate said she’s always wanted to work in the government. She majored in Political Science in college, and after graduation, she became employed at the 24-hour Court in Greenville.

“That’s what I consider to be my training ground that prepared me,” Twitty said.

She works overnights at the Greenville Court during the week, and every other weekend, she hears cases in Easley. She often works seven days a week. But she makes time to volunteer with the Urban League of the Upstate. She also helped create a group dedicated to the professional development of women in the Upstate called “LeadHER”. And, when she’s not in meetings or at work, she is mentoring students across the Upstate sharing her message of success.

“I like to envision myself doing things because if you see yourself doing that, you intentionally start taking steps towards that goal,” Twitty said.

She said a main key to her success is believing in herself. She admits it hasn’t always been easy, and she sometimes has struggled with self-doubt.

“I love reading quotes, so I have a lot of quotes saved on my phone to keep my spirits lifted,” Twitty said.

It’s helped to have people in her corner along the way. Urban League CEO, Jil littlejohn, has known Twitty for about six years. Littlejohn can relate to Twitty’s journey as she is the youngest member on Greenville’s City Council, serving as Mayor Pro Tem.

“I think there’s opportunity now,” Littlejohn said. “Now is the time to present your legacy. I think it’s amazing to see young people kick down doors, break barriers.”

It was Littlejohn’s organization that was responsible for posting a photo of Twitty on Facebook that went viral. That photo was viewed around 90,000 times.  Littlejohn said Twitty’s accomplishment also put the Upstate in the national spotlight.

“It just shows that there are great things happening in the Upstate,” LittleJohn said. “There are great things happening with young African-American women, and there is so much more to come.”

As for the future, Twitty said she hopes to continue on the path she’s on, helping whoever she can along the way.

“Lift as you climb…People have believed in me, invested in me, poured into me, and I feel like I also have a responsibility to do that.”

On Friday evening, Twitty was also elected as the newest president of Upstate Network, the young professional branch of the Urban League.

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