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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 cannot only 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. Yasmin was able to come back to Champions For Learning this fall and help current high school students apply to attend FGCU.

“I know if I didn’t have the opportunity in Champions For Learning, I would have struggled. I feel blessed I had the resources I had and there are a lot of students who don’t have those resources,” said Yasmin. “It was really neat to go back and actually be the person that helps the students.”

The desire for learning and expanding her education continues as this past fall, Yasmin began the Doctor of Education program at FGCU.