I cannot believe that my time at YES Prep has come to an end! Over the past year, I have met so many exceptional people and honed skills that I didn’t even know I have. As I look back, I am certain that no other postgrad experience could match my time at YES. Had it not been for my Impact Fellowship, I would never have been given access to the people and types of projects I learned from over the past year.
I have many surprising and funny stories about my time at YES, but the one I would like to share is about my favorite project. As resident millennial of the Communications & Marketing team, I slipped into the position of social media marketing expert. For YES Prep Senior Signing Day, an opportunity for each graduating student to reveal their college choice to friends, family, staff, and supporters, I organized a social media campaign to publicize the event.
For two weeks, I photographed students with their college paraphernalia, and each day for 30 days prior to the event, we featured a student on the YES Prep Instagram with the hashtag “sayyestocollege.” On my first visit, I met a student who had been accepted to six Ivy League schools, as well as Davidson. On her Davidson acceptance letter, however, I noticed Chris Gruber, Dean of Admissions, had written a personal note of congratulations. As a Davidson alum, it was exciting to see first generation college-goers provided with the same opportunities as any other student in America, regardless of race, gender, class, or economic status. As I laughed and mingled with the students that day, I felt similarly fortunate for the amazing opportunities provided to me through the Impact Fellows Program.
The chance to apply what we learn at school to the non-profit sector is imperative in continuing our lives of service beyond four years at college. I have cherished my time at YES and look forward to seeing all that our future Impact Fellows accomplish, as I am sure the program will see more success with each year!
If you would like to watch a video of the YES Prep Senior Signing Day ceremony, you can find it here!