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Champions For Learning Graduate Now Helps High School Students Apply for College

Yasmin Galindo is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and a proud graduate of Champions For Learning’s Take Stock in Children Program. As part of her job now, Yasmin helps high school students apply to the University. A daunting task she is grateful to have had help with more than 10 years ago. Yasmin will be the first to tell you that because of her mentor and our program, the opportunities, and experiences she was granted were ones that she never would have had.

“It’s great to have someone who went through the college process because being a first-generation college student, my parents didn’t know what any of that meant nor could they help me,” said Yasmin.

Yasmin graduated from Golden Gate High School as well as Champions For Learning in 2013 where she then went on to attend Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Graduating in 2017, Yasmin double majored in East Asian Studies and Film Studies with aspirations of becoming a lawyer. However, her need to give back and help students was greater. Wanting to be in a position where she help students and families, but also break down barriers students may face, Yasmin started working at Hodges University where she eventually became an advisor helping students with their schedules and academic appeals.

In the summer of 2020, Yasmin decided to go back to school herself to pursue her master’s degree in Educational Leadership. During this time, Yasmin began working at FGCU as an Admissions Counselor. In May of 2022, Yasmin graduated with her master’s and then nearly a year later was promoted to Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions.

Today, part of Yasmin’s job is helping students apply to college. Recognizing the importance of giving back, Yasmin returned to Champions For Learning this past fall and to help current high school students apply to attend FGCU.

“I know that if I didn’t have the opportunities available through Champions For Learning, I would have struggled in high school,” said Yasmin. “I feel blessed to have had these resources, since there are many students who do not.”

Champions For Learning instills a lifelong love for learning within our students that they carry with them after graduating from our programs, and Yasmin is no exception. The desire to expand her education continues as this past fall, she began the Doctor of Education program at FGCU.

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