First Year Forward’s Outstanding Ambassadors

Congratulations to our Outstanding Ambassadors for the 2017-2018 school year! These three individuals went above and beyond the call of duty to bring our students the support and advice needed to have a successful freshmen year in college. Each Ambassador shared their own personal college experiences with their student groups and helped encourage their students to make the best out of their freshmen year!

Rocio Siri, University of Bridgeport, psychology major, Class of 2018

Rocio Siri is a resident assistant at the University of Bridgeport. She believes in doing things with passion or not at all. Serving youth is one her passions. Rocio has devoted herself to mentoring college students on how to find stability during the periods of change in their lives. Rocio was awarded Peer Leader of the Year while attending High School for Law, Advocacy and Community Justice in NYC back in 2014. Rocio joined our family as an alumnus like she promised herself she would back in 2013.

During her time as an Ambassador, Rocio impacted 96 students in two groups over 19 weeks. Her messages to students were not only informative, they were full of energy, emojis, and encouragement.

“Being a First Year Forward Ambassador was an honor because I was able to be a part of our future leaders’ journey as they transition to one of the most important stages in their lives.”

Richenet Lafleur, Morehouse University, computer science major

Richenet served as an Ambassador for nine weeks in the fall semester. He accepted the ambitious challenge of leading two First Year Forward groups, simultaneously, where he impacted 183 students from diverse backgrounds.

“My time as an First Year Forward Ambassador was a good and interesting experience. It was slightly different because I enjoy interacting with people face-to-face, but I didn’t have a problem communicating via text. Overall, I was able to stay on track by making sure I provided the right information and shared my wisdom to those who were curious.”

Julio Gonzalez-Hernandez, University of Santa Barbara, undecided on major

Julio served 32 students in the California region during his time as a First Year Forward Ambassador. Julio served in both the fall and spring semester to ensure that his group would have support for the beginning and end of their freshman year.

“Being part of the PeerForward family as an Ambassador and Alumni is very special to me. I do it for the love of promoting change, as my many predecessors have done the same for me. And with higher education, we are ALL able to achieve that! With that being said, I’m forever thankful!”


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