is the Operations Manager for the Student Navigator Network and Program Associate for Rise’s Foster Youth Advocacy program. Mike graduated from the University of California, Merced with a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. While at UC Merced, he served as the Lead Student Coordinator for the Guardian Scholars Program, an equity and access program designed to provide resources and mentorship to current and former foster youth, homeless youth, transition youth, and unaccompanied youth. Mike is dedicated to supporting and mentoring students from under-served and under-represented backgrounds and is beginning to explore more career options in Social Work and Higher Education. He plans to get his MSW in the near future.