Jhoselyn Escobar

2015 MCN Conference Delegate | Undergraduate University: St. John's University, BA

"I am incredibly lucky! Presently, I am advocating for quality education for minorities. I am working in a non-profit called Oliver Scholars Program. At Oliver, we work hard to prepare high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. The aim is to provide the students support so that they can achieve their fullest potential and, ultimately, give back to the city, the nation, and the world.

When I graduated from college, I knew I wanted to be involved in the education field. I am so glad that Oliver is leading by example and showing me the ropes in navigating this field.

Education was the best gift my parents gave me; without it, I wouldn't be able to be the person I have become. I am the first person in my family to graduate from college and to receive an education abroad. I have seen how education not only empowered me but also my family and friends. My life mission is to empower as many people as I can through education.

2015 was the year that I became involved with the MCN family. I attended MCN's annual conference, which happened to be at the United Nations that year, and was truly inspired- the conference changed my perspective in life.  

At the 2015 Millennium Campus Conference (MCC 15), I felt at home surrounded by all these amazing change makers who truly cared about our world. I looked up to every single person I had the pleasure to meet. I felt motivated and inspired to do much more than what I was already doing.

I said to myself that, I need to work on something that truly makes change. Two years later, my vision that was first born at the conference is becoming a reality. I am working on a docu-series that will showcase South America and all its beauty, people, and the problems that it is facing now along with the organizations that are working hard to address these issues. My objective is for people to watch the docu-series and become more aware of what's happening in this region and get involved in any way they can.

I hope to finish my docu-series in November 2017 and attend MCC 17!"

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