The Young Professionals Program is one of SWAG to College’s mentorship programs, but here, the Young Professionals, or YPs, are recent college graduates, students in graduate school, and those who are in the workforce. These YPs are paired with a current college student who is interested in the YPs’ current fields, and the YPs provide support and guidance to their mentees.
The SWAG to College Think Tank is composed of a group of eight Young Professionals who will meet once per quarter and provide strategic advice and guidance for SWAG to College. These eight YPs work in a range of fields, like education, medicine, law, consulting, and business. The organization hopes that those involved in this Think Tank will provide strategy, guidance, connections to other organizations, and feedback on ideas and plans.
Raj Salhotra, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SWAG to College, is excited to start this group to be able to better help those that the organization serves. Salhotra says, “I am excited to welcome a group of individuals into our Think Tank to support students more successfully.” Stephanie Jimenez, recent Harvard Law School (HLS) graduate and 2012 Teach For America Corp Member, is one of the eight Young Professionals who will form part of the Think Tank. She decided to join SWAG to College after meeting Salhotra during the Latino Alumni Conference at HLS. As Salhotra organized a breakfast with the Castro brothers, he asked for help from La Alianza, an HLS student organization that is composed of Latino and Latin American students and those who are interested in issues that affect the Latino community, and Jimenez was Co-President. After Salhotra told Jimenez about SWAG to College, Jimenez agreed to participate because of her personal experiences and her time as a TFA Corp Member, where she taught students who were from low income families or who would be First Generation College students. Jimenez says, “The mission that SWAG [to College] has is so important and I love the fact that they are connecting students post-college as well. From my own experiences, from teaching, and from seeing the state of the education system and what is missing, SWAG [to College] fills in the gap that is really needed.” Additionally, she states, “I hope we [the Think Tank] can work with the Leadership Team and look at what gaps SWAG to College has and think about how they can fill them, as well as any opportunities we perceive SWAG [to College] should take.”
SWAG to College is excited to launch the Think Tank, hoping to be able to better serve and help many more students accomplish their goals!
-- Karen Banda