GROWING UP IN COMPTON, California, I lacked access to positive relatable role models. The youngest of eight children, I was the first in my family to attend a four-year college. But the path to getting into college and obtaining a degree felt so overwhelming. I had no family members that could help. As much as my parents and older siblings loved me, they did not know how to help navigate the college world. But I persisted. Eventually, after six years of going to college part-time and working full time to pay for it, I earned my degree in mathematics from California State University, Fullerton. I am now a few classes away from completing a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University.
DUE TO MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE, I strongly believe in the work of PLUS ME, an organization that strives to motivate and inspire students through the sharing of personal narratives by adults who have overcome great obstacles. PLUS ME provides hope and realistic success stories to thousands of students each year in underserved schools in our community for little to no cost. PLUS ME is bringing uplifting presentations to the students who need it most.
PLUS ME LAUNCHED a new five-week program to assist high school juniors and seniors with developing their own personal statements for college applications. Additionally, PLUS ME creates permanent connections with students through social media. Students get a daily motivational quote on Instagram, and can ask questions through Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to provide students with continual motivation and support until they finish college or a vocational program.
I JOINED THE PLUS ME PROJECT as a volunteer board of directors member in August of 2014. After serving on the board for 10 months, I was elected as the board's vice president in June of 2015 by my colleagues. My new role allows me to raise funds for the organization, spread awareness of PLUS ME's mission, and assist in the expansion of this promising non-profit. Last year, PLUS ME visited 50 schools throughout Southern California and impacted over 9,500 students. I look forward to providing guidance in achieving the goal of visiting 60 schools and making a difference in the lives of at least 12,000 students this fiscal year.
PLUS ME Board of Directors Vice President
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