Mentor Jessica Robles & Mentee Cristal Lopez

Cristal Lopez is a junior at The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem. She is in the Pathways to Professions Program and has lots to say about her experience.

“I have always been a science person, and I never really thought about how careers in business or journalism could be fun, or something that I actually want to do when I’m older. Step Up provides me with the tools and the knowledge of how to be successful in any career.”

Both of Cristal’s parents are immigrants from the Dominican Republic, and Cristal is among the first in her family to be college-bound. Her family offers her a strong support system, and although she considers herself independent, Cristal credits them for giving her the strength and inspiration for her future goals.

“My favorite part of Step Up is going on amazing trips that teach you so much,” Cristal says. “One day, we met a famous hairstylist, and another we went to the New York Times headquarters and heard from different people working there. Step Up impacts my life because it provides me with an amazing and helpful mentor, Jessica, to guide me in my academic and personal life.”

In addition to her Step Up Teen of the Month honor, Cristal was recently selected by Step Up partner Samy Salon as the new Step Up Girl of the Season!

Please join us in congratulating Cristal by leaving her a comment below!

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