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IYT Brothers

Resilient. Authentic. Passionate.

Oscar Cervantes
2016 Valley High School Graduate
2021 UC Davis Graduate 

"IYT completely changed my life. In 2013 I was a shy student with a 1.66 GPA. My grades didn’t reflect my potential because I knew I could be a competent student, but I didn’t understand that the choices I made then would have a lasting impact in my academic career. This was something I learned immediately. Soon after I obtained a 4.33 GPA. Without realizing it, the continuous reminder that I was cable of achieving everything I set out to accomplish allowed me to transform from a mediocre student to a college bound brother as members are called. Now at UC Davis, I’ve struggled a lot but I continue to remember that my mentors believed in me at a time no one else did and pushed me forward when I doubted myself the most. This has given me the power to believe in myself, to pursue my wildest dreams and reassured me that I'm worthy of everything I set out to accomplish. I look forward to graduating from UC Davis in the Spring of 2020 and returning to my community to continue to advocate for change and inspire more young men of color to

Lorenzo Ala
2016 Valley High School Graduate

"Joining IYT has to be a very pivotal event in my life. It wasn’t until then that I realized I was capable of attending college. Although I always wanted to go to college, being a first generation student made me uncertain about the process and how I’d get there. For this reason, I began to fall off academically and began to mess around and become careless about my grades. This all changed as soon as I joined IYT. The field trips to college campuses, Saturday study halls, and the constant check-ins completely shifted my mentality and put me back on the right track. Going to college became an option again, and the lazy, nonchalant students I was turned into a focused and dedicated one."

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Sam Lauderdale
2015 Valley High School Graduate
2021 Sacramento State Graduate

"I joined the IYT program in April 2013. IYT essentially represented a gateway to a life of knowledge and wealth that my family had never experienced. I became the first in my family to go to a 4-year university. Because I come from a single parent family, live in an impoverished community and almost all the men in my family have an extreme criminal record, the odds were just stacked against me in a way that I felt like I could not overcome them; However, with the resources and guidance of IYT, I was able to bring out the potential out of a kid that didn't see a way out for himself or those around him.  I became the first in my family to attend a 4-year university and look forward to continue to mentor young men like myself along the way. Ultimately, IYT continues to give me the guidance I need to continue to become a better scholar and a better man."

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