In 2018, Angie Rincón Reyes and her family were forced to flee their home in Venezuela. They ended up in Chicago, where they had to rebuild their lives. Angie’s first contact with BUILD was through her brother, Samuel, who introduced her to BUILD mentor Gabriele (Gabby)Castillo. As an Education Outreach Specialist, Gabby helps students plan next steps after high school, providing resources and guidance for post-secondary education at colleges or vocational schools. Angie saw her brother land a scholarship at Columbia College, Chicago, and decided to dream bigger. She joined BUILD’s Education program, connected with Gabby as a mentor, and as they say, the rest is history!
Currently, Angie is in the process of completing applications to eleven colleges with Castillo’s assistance. They include Princeton University, University of Chicago, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She wants to pursue a major in civil engineering.
In addition to her schoolwork at Kelvyn Park High School and college applications, Angie has become a real leader across BUILD’s community, spearheading several events and activities, from the Martin Luther King Day of Service, to International Women’s Day events. And during the onset of the pandemic, Angie took the initiative to lead two BUILD workshops: How to Remain Resilient, and a Mother’s Day flower-making class. She’s also volunteered in her community to distribute essential resources.
According to Castillo, “Angie is a true leader who is bound to succeed at whatever she sets out to do. She has taken advantage of our resources at BUILD, and her future looks incredibly bright.
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