Michelle Soto, President
Yale Class of 2016
Hometown: New York, NY
I believe too many students lack the proper advising to navigate the college process, and I know it can make a huge difference to be well-informed. I came from a school where we had great college counseling and we were consistently advised us on what we could do to make ourselves better students and more qualified applicants for college. Unfortunately, I know many students lack this advising, and they are at a great disadvantage in the college process not because of a lack of effort or intelligence on their part, but due to a lack of guidance and support. New Haven REACH is a great way to level the playing field for these applicants, and that is what I'm here.
Abigail Johnson, Vice President
Yale Class of 2015
Major: Ethics, Politics and Economics
I am really excited to be a part of REACH because I have a younger sister and have always enjoyed mentoring students younger than myself. I remember how overwhelming and confusing the college application process can be and would like to help provide a resource for other students about the process!
Suzanne Xu, Mentoring Program Director
Yale Class of 2018
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
I became involved in REACH because I wanted to make a difference in the New Haven community. Having seen firsthand the difficulties and misconceptions associated with applying to college, I decided to use my own experience to guide current high school students through the process and to aid them in turning their college dreams into realities. REACH has provided me with the perfect opportunity to connect with New Haven high school seniors and also given me the resources to help my development as a mentor. I look forward working with REACH again this semester!
Yaw Abu, Secretary
Yale College Class of 2017
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
Hometown: Wellington, FL
My parents came from Ghana to America and moved to Florida when I was around three. Being immigrant parents, they especially wanted my two sisters and I to do well and succeed in life. Although they showed us love and affection, they knew we showed potential and pushed us frequently towards excellence. As a result of their hard efforts, my sisters and I now attend Harvard, Princeton and Yale University, respectively. Such a goal is possible with the proper motivation. It is easy to get stressed or feel lost as a high school student, especially if you have no one to fall back on or to guide you through the process. REACH is like that one friend you can always count on. We want you to succeed. And we will do our best to help you out. All we need is your trust and dedication, and we will get you through the rest of the way.