January, 2012

A Few Words From a Young Executives of Color (YEOC) Mentor

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

I am a mentor for Young Executives of Color (YEOC), which is a series of business exploration workshops for local high-school students of color. Students from public and private high schools throughout the Puget Sound area come to the UW campus the first Saturday of every month for YEOC workshops. Business, as an academic and career choice, is explored monthly through different activities.

This is my second year being a mentor, and the first year the program has accepted 144 students.  My team consists of 12 high-school students in 9th to 12th grade.  Just recently, my seniors applied to different colleges and fortunately, some students have already been accepted to colleges and universities.  Although I only meet with my students at our monthly sessions, we are in constant communication about varies topics pertaining to school, social life, and family situations.

Out of all the college readiness programs offered around the world, I wish I would have had an opportunity to participate in YEOC as a high-school student.  The quality of students that YEOC produces is mind blowing.  These students are challenged at an early age and always surpass any expectations that are set for them.  Although I will not be a mentor a next year, I still plan on being closely connected with the program.


- TraVonne I., Senior, YEOC Mentor