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YEOC Mentorship Program

Throughout the year, each YEOC high school student is paired with a current Foster School of Business student mentor who helps them navigate the program, prepare for college and scholarship applications, as well as develop tools for academic and personal success in high school and beyond.

YEOC mentors represent a diverse range of academic abilities, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. The common denominator amongst the mentors is the overarching goal to support their communities. The mission of the YEOC mentors is to “lift as we climb.” YEOC mentors are a reflection of what we hope the YEOC mentees will emulate as they prepare to pursue college. Learn more about the YEOC program here.

YEOC Mentor Job Description

Each YEOC Mentor will supervise, support and encourage a group of approximately 10-12 high school mentees throughout the 9-month program. Each mentor will also lead a YEOC session and business lecture such as Finance, Marketing or Information Systems. Mentors also take on leadership roles and special projects such as recruitment, event planning and YEOC alumni programming.
Eligibility: Rising Foster Junior or Senior
2017-2018 Mentor Position Description

Mentor in Training (MIT) Job Description

Mentors in Training (MIT) support the YEOC program through a number of ways including special sessions, administration and leadership support at our Saturday sessions. Successful completion of the MIT program will result in an invitation to become a YEOC mentor the following academic year.
Eligibility: Rising UW Sophomore or Junior, pre-business students are preferred
2017-2018 MIT Position Description

2017-2018 Mentors:

Name: Alvin Benavides
Hometown: Seattle (Ballard)
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing, Sales Certificate)
Fun fact: I love photography, especially shooting portraits and concerts!

Photo of Uyen Cao Name: Uyen Cao
Hometown: Bothell, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing), Interaction Design
Fun fact: I went to Japan with five other mentors/MiTs.

Photo of Paolo Eleccion
Name: Paolo Eleccion
Hometown: South Seattle
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Accounting, Information Systems)
Fun fact: In high school I mailed a scholarship application to myself.

Name: Safira Ezani
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Accounting)
Fun fact: I got caught in a thunderstorm while kayaking around gators in the Everglades over the summer. Great experience!

Name: Mike Guevarra
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Year at UW: Junior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Marketing, Information Systems)
Fun fact: Between Sophomore and Junior year I spent over 7 months studying, interning, and traveling abroad!

Name: Idowu Jeremiah
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Finance, Marketing)
Fun fact: I almost quit school to become a full-time singer.


Name: Brendon Krall
Hometown: Marysville, WA
Year at UW: 5th year Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business, Public Health
Fun fact: I have studied abroad 3 times during my time at the University of Washington. 1 month in Morocco, 1 month in Thailand, and 3 months in the Netherlands.

Name: Fethawit Musye
Hometown: Shoreline, WA
Year at UW: Junior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing, Information Systems)
Fun fact: I have a goal of visiting 30 countries before I turn 30!

Name: Kiseri Redi
Hometown: Karen, Eritrea
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Marketing, IS)
Fun fact: I know all 50 U.S. state capitals.

Name: Khatsini Simani
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Accounting, Informatics Minor)
Fun fact: In a past job I got to lead all-school bike safety assemblies for elementary students. Imagine the reaction when we dropped the watermelon!

Name: Sheldon Spring
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Year at UW: Junior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Marketing, Information Systems)
Fun fact: I went swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines this past summer!

Name: Eva Valesco
Hometown: Sunnyside, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Finance, IS)
Fun fact: I’ve interned for Boeing for three summers.

Name: Yesenia Velasquez
Hometown: Yakima, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Accounting), Gender and Women Sexuality Studies
Fun Fact: I have traveled to four different continents.

Name: Bahari Watkins
Hometown: Renton, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Finance, Information Systems)
Fun fact: I played violin for 5 years.

Name: Khyree Watson
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Year at UW: Junior
Anticipated Degree: Industrial Engineering, Education
Fun fact: I was born on Mother’s Day.

Name: Bontu Yousuf
Hometown: Portland, OR
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing)
Fun fact: I was involved in Model United Nations for three years before becoming a business student.

Name: Abiel Zewolday
Hometown: Edmonds, WA
Year at UW: Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing, Information Systems, Sales)
Fun fact: My family is from Eritrea.

2017-2018 MiTs

Photo of Maggie BuenrostroName: Margarita (Maggie) Buenrostro
Hometown: Quincy, WA
Year at UW: Sophomore
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Finance, Informatics)
Fun fact: When I was a kid, I stuck a penny into the outlet…then later a stuck a bobby pin in to see if it reacted differently.

Name: Bryan Lopez-Vargaz
Hometown: Walla Walla, WA
Year at UW: Sophmore
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business Administration (Accounting, Finance)
Fun fact: I worked as a camp counselor and had to throw shoes at racoons at night.

Name: Gladys Malpica
Hometown: Everett, WA
Year at UW: Sophmore
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Finance, Marketing)
Fun fact: I’m Peruvian!

Name: Miracle Okoli
Hometown: Renton, WA
Year at UW: Sophomore
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Human Resources), Biology
Fun fact: I was born in Germany and moved to the US when I was four.

Name: Natnael “Nate” Tesfai
Hometown: Tukwila, WA
Year at UW: Sophomore
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Marketing)
Fun fact: I enjoy hiking; I hiked up Mount Rainier this summer.

2017-2018 Interns

Name: Lander Lee
Hometown: Bothell, WA
Year at UW: 5th year Senior
Anticipated Degree: BA, Business (Information Systems)
Fun fact: I played an extra in Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” music video.

Photo of Jale BekaName: Jale Beka
Term: Winter & Spring Quarter
Year at UW: Senior