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Estefany S

Estefany Salcedo

Place of birth:

Chicago, IL- USA

Family Heritage:

Jalisco, Mexico


Year Up Student

Current job:


"Like many first generation college students, I rushed into university, without much thought as to what I wanted to do. All I knew was that I had to make a lot of money. My parents pushed me to follow the Medical route or the Lawyer route. Unfortunately, my passion was in technology and I did not have much interest in becoming a doctor. When my mother got sick and I realized I could no longer afford to pay for college, I withdrew from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I was at a loss for quite some time, till I received a call from someone at Year Up. They told me of this program that sounded too good to be true. It was a year long program that paid ME to go to college. I did not care much for the pay but as soon as I heard IT, I was sold.


Now, I am working with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as a peer educator and part of our youth leadership council. I do work involving sexual health, identity, birth justice and racial justice. I am a student at Year Up - Chicago, where I plan to gain as much knowledge and skills in the Business/IT field. My long-short- term goal is to become a Computer Network Architect. "

Why would you recommend exploring careers in science and technology to other Latina girls?

"While my personal interest in the medical field was lacking, my passion for technology was not. I look at my sister, who also loves to code and create games, I see the future. Such a young creative mind who tells herself that technology makes her less of a woman, because all she really sees in these positions, are men.

I feel that girls, especially other Latinas have so much to give to the STEM community. We have the words ""innovators, passionate, kind, intelligent, leaders,"" etched into our very beings. We need to show others that we are these things and so much more. STEM careers allow us to showcase our talent in a way that many other careers don't. "