My name is Yesenia Matias Chavez and I am super excited to be spending my Fall quarter at Generation Hope as a Program Intern!
I am a fourth-year student from the University of California, Santa Cruz majoring in Legal Studies and minoring in Education, and currently a participant in the UCDC program which allowed for me to travel and intern here in Washington D.C. I am originally from Seaside, CA, a small coastal town located in the Monterey Bay and have never been on the East Coast until now!
At UC Santa Cruz, I was an RA for two years, a member of Merrill Student Government, a Mentor/RA for Math Science Upward Bound, and a writing assistant for the Young Writers Program. After I finish my undergraduate degree, I plan on pursuing an MSW/JD and working in organizations that support first-generation, low-income students achieve academic and personal success.
As a first-generation and low-income student, a daughter of teenage immigrant parents, and a product of student support services such as TRiO and EOP, I know first-hand that the work Generation Hope is doing is powerful, empowering, and invaluable. When I first heard of Generation Hope, I was amazed that the organization was solely dedicated to serving young parents. I knew that this was something special I had to be a part of.
I see this role at Generation Hope not only as a way to give back to communities that have given me everything but as a gateway to a career in student support services!