Yamilet P., 21 – FUNDED

“The 1,000 Dreams Fund has created a supportive space that empowers and encourages me to be confident in my ability of achieving what I want to see in the world,” says Yamilet P., a University of Dayton student who is double-majoring in Sustainability and Graphic Design. The New Face of Tech winner’s professional dream is to shift the printing and design industry to more sustainable practices.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It means I will be able to be a public advocate for the future I want to see through representing the values and goals I believe in.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

We can continue to foster supportive spaces for women to grow their confidence in these fields.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

I’ve felt discouragement from being in an environment where I am not at the same playing field as those around me. Being less prepared, due to circumstances out of my control, has often made me think I am not as capable of succeeding as those with generational wealth and education.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

I stay motivated by remembering all the sacrifices my family has made for me coming to this country and starting a life in a land they do not know — and by knowing that I will be the one to move us forward and improve our living situation.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

It will place me one step closer to success in my discipline. You have no idea how much kindness like this really makes a difference for people like me.