Success Stories

Our kids are growing up! Here you can read about their YDO backgrounds and new endeavors.

Sheily Baez

Smiley-Faced Kid Grows into (Smiley-Faced) Leader

8 Years with YDO

DESIGN Camp, College for Kids, Co-Director of YDO Summer

Regis College
CCHS ’16

Denise Mullings

Quiet star shines a light for younger introverts

8 Years with YDO

MIT STEM, Science Olympiad, Youth CITIES, YDO Summer Staff

Posse Scholar
Hamilton College
NCHR ’16

Yaznairy Cabrera

Questbridge Scholar Helps Lead 1st-Gen Ephs

8 Years with YDO

MIT STEM, Science Olympiad, Youth CITIES, Co-Director of YDO Summer

Questbridge Scholar
Williams College
NCHR ’16

Nelly Alba

Posse Scholar returns to Lawrence

11 Years with YDO

Journalism, Theatre, Study Abroad, Victorious Writers, YDO Summer Staff

TFA Fellow, Posse Scholar
Hamilton ’16
NDCR ’12

Gladys Gitau

Making the most of opportunities

10 Years with YDO

Math Games, Youth CITIES, What’s Good in the Hood, YDO Summer Staff

TFA Fellow
Whitman College ’16
LHS ’12

Christian Grullon

Developer in the making

10 Years with YDO

Math Games, MIT STEM, YDO Summer Staff, YDO Intern

Red Pine Scholar
UMass Amherst ’17,
CCHS ’13

Xin Wen

A future in science & design

10 Years with YDO

MIT STEM, Science Olympiad, Ceramics Instructor, YDO Summer Staff

Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
Senior at Cornell
PA ’15

Jazmine Mateo

Opportunities made me stronger

8 Years with YDO

Performing Project, Youth CITIES, YDO Mentor, YDO Summer Staff

Salem State University ’18
LHS ’14

Miqueas Webb

Even the shy thrive at YDO

19 Years with YDO

Math Games, Oceanography, DESIGNCAMP, YDO Summer Staff

Architecture Student at Wentworth
Whittier Tech ’13

Brian Ramirez

A Sincere Thanks

3 Years with YDO

YDO Mentor & Coding Instructor

HGSE ’20
UMass Amherst ’19
LHS ’15

Nalyn Yim

YDO’s first student dance teacher keeps it moving at UMass

10 Years with YDO

Math Games, Youth CITIES, What’s Good in the Hood, YDO Summer Staff

UMass Amherst ’18
LHS ’12