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YEP Alumni – Where are they now?

Meet Danniela Estrada, recent member of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) and a 2018 graduate of Sandwich High School. During her time in YEP, Danniela had many opportunities for leadership development and to embrace philanthropy. Recently, we had a chance for a quick interview to see what she’s up to. So where is Danniela now and did the YEP program have an impact on her life after high school? Let’s find out!

Meet Danniela Estrada

(Q) Who are you and where did you go to school?
Danniela: My name is Danniela Estrada and I went to Sandwich High School, graduating class of 2018.

(Q) How many years were you in YEP?
Danniela: I was in YEP for two years.

(Q) Where are you now and what are you up to?
Danniela: I’m currently studying at Villanova School of Business in Philadelphia. I’m a junior this year majoring in Accounting and International Business with minors in Spanish and Business Law.

(Q) What’s a recent accomplishment you are proud of?
Danniela: This summer I interned virtually with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). During this time, I competed in a data analytics case competition. My team went on to win the central market division against teams from all over the Midwest! It was super exciting and nerve-wracking to present our winning project to a group of almost 200 interns!

(Q) How did YEP shape what you are doing now?
Danniela: YEP introduced me to ways I can get involved in my local community. In addition, YEP gave me the opportunity to connect with students all over DeKalb County.

(Q) What were some of your greatest takeaways from YEP?
Danniela: We can all make a difference in our backyards. The small things we do can have a significant impact. YEP was an amazing way to connect with students from different schools and help my local community.

(Q) How are you currently (or plan to in the near future) giving of your time, talent, and treasure?
Danniela: During my freshman year of college, I joined a Service Leadership Organization. This was a great way to meet friends and learn about the volunteer opportunities near Philly. This has been one of my favorite groups on campus and I am currently on the Executive Board!

Her advice to current and future YEP members:

Embrace life at every stage, I think I loved each year of high school for different reasons. As I inch closer and closer to graduation and the real world, my advice would be to embrace every moment of life. – Danniela Estrada

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