Yazmin Mendez leads the GirlsBuild initiative at LA Promise Fund where teams of girls across the nation are equipped with access points to create impactful community-based projects using STEM principles, civic engagement, and wellness resources.
Mendez holds a bachelor’s from UCLA (’06) and masters from Chapman University (’21). During her time at UCLA, Yazmin was a peer mentor for UCLA’s Center for Community College Partnership where she mentored historically underserved students and found her passion for helping her immigrant community mobilize and find access points to higher education.
Mendez has worked for over 6 years in higher education in various college access counselor roles at non-profits, community colleges, and universities. She aspires to continue mentoring and mobilizing historically underserved students to find their voice, and their own form of leadership, and be inspired to be social change agents in their communities.
In her free time, Mendez enjoys reading and listening to true-crime podcasts, as well as cooking her mom’s favorite dishes, and being the “cool aunt” to her younger nephews. Though Yazmin grew up calling Anaheim, CA home, her heart is still partially in her family’s homeland of Durango, Mexico.