Jason Acosta began his work in youth outreach initiatives back in 2005, when he volunteered as a student coordinator in the early beginnings of the Hispanic Youth Symposium. The youngest of four children, Jason is only the second in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. After originally being doubted by his college counselor, Jason began his post-secondary education at Montgomery College in Maryland.
While at MC, Jason excelled in his studies and was accepted into the highly competitive Montgomery Scholars Program. As a member of the program, Jason capitalized on an opportunity to study abroad at Cambridge University where he took two courses in international relations at Selwyn College. He was recognized as the Presidential Scholar at the Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Springs campus in 2007, and was admitted as a transfer student to Yale University, where he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in political science. At Yale, Jason served as a student coordinator at the university’s Latino Cultural Center and helped to organize the first-ever comprehensive Latino Alumni Reunion in 2009.
I am passionate about increasing the opportunities for Latino access to higher education and truly believe in the power of mentorship. Without direction it is easy to get lost, and it’s difficult to get the right answers if you do not know how to ask the right questions. Through the Hispanic Youth Institutes, Town Hall Meetings, and Steps for Success programs,I work towards empowering today’s youth to learn to overcome both real and perceived obstacles to higher education.