Michaela joined Mentor in 2011 when the organization was just launching it's first programs. She truly knows the organization inside and out and has supported the organization in every aspect, including accounting, program evaluation, special events and fundraising.
She deeply believes in creating spaces and opportunities for youth to thrive while closing the opportunity divide. Michaela brings a passion for bridging the gap between the corporate sector and the next generation of workforce.
Michaela, a native Swede, moved to the U.S. after graduating high school to attended George Mason University where she obtained a B.A. in Marketing and Business Management.
Kiya has a background in positive youth development and self-determination. Previously, she worked as an Internship Program Coordinator, solidifying experiential learning opportunities for young people nationally and internationally. Kiya has also worked with the YWCA as a Youth Development Specialist; where she taught courses, ran workshops, and assisted students with securing college and career opportunities. She has a special interest in race, gender, school-to-prison pipeline, and how they all have connections to the economic disparities we see around the world.
Kiya holds her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut. She majored in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and minored in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has studied, interned, and volunteered in Cape Town, South Africa and has continuously worked towards positive youth development through a social justice lens.
Kiya moved from Trenton, NJ to the DMV area in August 2016 to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration at George Mason University. Kiya believes in the spirit of the South African term “Ubuntu”, for people are who they are because of other people.
Sergio Chavez is a motivational speaker, life coach, and professional youth counselor. He has traveled across the U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean engaging youth and young adults in a compelling and life-giving way through his facilitation and public speaking.
As a child growing up in Falls Church, Virginia, Sergio developed a passion and gift for speaking and communicating through music, acting, and writing. He hit his first major turning point at age 12 when his father walked out on his family, which drove him to turn to the street life. Years later, he came to the realization that those around him, including himself, needed hope, restoration, and motivation. Sergio’s ambition to spread this message moved him to begin speaking to small groups in family homes and working in inner-city communities. What started as small discussions has now become speaking engagements in larger venues, businesses, non-profits, schools, and correctional facilities. He is known for his message of empowerment and motivation. His personal story inspires many across the nation to arise, dream big, and live a life without fear and limitations. Sergio and his wife, Franchesca, currently reside in Montgomery County, Maryland.