IYT College Academy Mentor
Service Year: 2019-2020
"I had the opportunity to work with Improve Your Tomorrow the last 2.5 years. I started my journey as an AmeriCorps member where I did a year of service providing mentorship and coordinating events for our brothers in Stockton, CA. Through their stories, it helped me better understand my leadership and mentorship ensuring that I led with care, love, and compassion. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing talent because I developed so much of my professional experience here at IYT. I believe things happen for a reason and I do believe that I will cross-paths with IYT again."
IYT CC Mentor
Service Year: 2021-2022
I became a mentor fellow because the calling was on my life. I've always thrived in higher education and I've always felt compelled to take up roles in programs where I could directly work with and assist students. Specifically, I consider myself a co-conspirator (as Dr. Bettina Love calls it) and I strive to help guide students along the higher education pipeline. Not simply through telling them what to do and what not to do. More than a title, I actively live and breathe the same suggestions and/or lessons I share with my students. Being a mentor keeps me grounded to other students. It humbles me. It gives me a glimpse into a world where there is so much intelligence, brilliance,and talent that runs the risk of going unnoticed. I consider it a privilege to be able to work with some of the brothers I have encountered while at IYT. For these reasons and more, this is why I became a mentor.
IYT Central Valley Mentor
I wanted to give back to IYT because they supported me through my college journey. I also wanted to encourage and help develop the future leaders of this world. Giving them a path to guidance so they don't have to look elsewhere for it.
Growing up in grade school, I was in a couple of programs that were academic based but more often than not there was no other student or teacher that looked like me or who I could gravitate to. I'm passionate about being that resource because of my own experience while also knowing that there are so many students in the world sharing experience and yearning for relatability.