ACE Alumni Spotlight: TyJuan Swanson, Community Activist, Future Architect
Follow your dreams, I followed mine. ACE has definitely helped me towards my career goals in every positive way I can think of. I can’t even really explain. There are no words to express how supportive the program has been for me.” - TyJuan Swanson, ACE Student Alumni
TyJuan Swanson’s passion for architecture is evident from the moment you speak to him, so when he became a junior at John Hay’s Cleveland School of Architecture & Design it was no surprise that his teachers recommend he join the ACE Mentor Program. Today TyJuan is a senior at Kent State University majoring in architecture thanks in part to scholarships provided by ACE, and largely due to his hard work ethic and drive to set a positive example for his family.
Last summer TyJuan spent his time interning with ACE sponsor, Then Design Architecture, a firm who is dedicated to creating spaces that have a positive impact on people. With a vision to change the world with community-driven design, TyJuan was the perfect candidate for the position. Through relationships and knowledge built in the ACE Mentor Program, TyJuan was able to leverage his work ethic and passion to move him closer to his personal and professional goals.
As a student who understands the power of mentorship by his experiences with ACE, TyJuan is already making strides to give back to his community by mentoring fellow students. TyJuan is currently a mentor for Kupita Transiciones, a program that encourages seniors to take a mentorship role in the lives of incoming freshman that are from a similar background as his own.
TyJuan’s future aspirations are to change communities by way of impactful designs and to one day himself enrich the life of an ACE student, much like himself.
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