About the Campaign
- 2002 YES Prep graduate (2nd YES class ever)
- Was on Dean’s List and played soccer at University of Houston and left before junior year to work full time
- Daughter just finished kindergarten at KIPP Explore Academy; wants her to be second-generation college graduate
- Studying Mechanical Technology at Houston Community College
- Will pay it forward by starting own scholarship fund for others
Ariel Trevino graduated from YES Prep in 2002 and began his college studies at the University of Houston where he played soccer and made the Dean’s List. During the summer before his junior year, he left college to work full time and support his family. Raising his daughter who is now 5 and attends KIPP Explore, Ariel wants a very different path for her. He is Arlet’s role model and worries about her dropping out of college. A college degree will be life changing for Ariel and his family. Ariel is returning to Houston Community College to study Mechanical Technology and become an engineer or teacher back at YES Prep.
When asked how he would pay this support forward, his words and commitment to his community struck a chord: “If I receive this financial support, I would begin by financially helping my daughter, Arlet, to finish getting a degree from a four year college or University. Also, I would also start a scholarship fund and give back to other students. YES [Youth Engaged in Service] College Preparatory School began on the concept of giving back to the community and that is exactly what I plan to do if I finish getting my degree.”
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