Yefry Samael

Pathways Student Leadership Cohort Fellow

My name is Yefrymata (he/him). I'm 26 years old. I am a Rising Scholar. Since the age of 16, I was in another juvenile Hall’s youth center, county jail, and the state penitentiary. I really didn’t start thinking about college until I was sitting down doing time and I had nothing else to do but educate myself. I graduated early with a GED and high school diploma at 3.8 GPA and I was the valedictorian of my graduation class. Yes, I was the good kid or the kid with the good grades out of all the so-called bad kids. None of us were bad. We just didn’t know any better. We didn’t have proper guidance or leadership in our life. That’s why it is through education that I plan to change the stigma and the way people view my community. This year, I have the opportunity to serve at my student body government at Cabrillo College as the student senate trustee. Lastly, I am a construction management scholarship recipient and a student assistant for the outreach and recruit department at my community college. I look forward to getting to know each and one of you and growing together.