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Peer Mentors

Our Peer Mentors are older teens who are passionate, articulate and innovative. They are thrilled to be sharing their experiences with TI Students.

Abla A. Peer Mentor

During high school, Abla participated in speech club, World Languages was an editor at her school newspaper and had a passion for playing badminton. She is a rising freshman at Moraine Valley Community College and plans to study biology and Physical Therapy.

There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance next time.

Malcolm X

Danny P. Peer Mentor

Danny is a recent grad from a large Northside Chicago High School and is now working for Messina Group Consulting as an Operations Specialist. He has a passion for helping entrepreneurs succeed and overcome adversity. Having experience building apps and websites for his various projects, he understands how entrepreneurs can get things done.

During this unprecedented period in our lives, the world demands more entrepreneurs who are motivated enough to solve its complex issues.

Eden K. Peer Mentor

Eden is a senior and a budding entrepreneur who has a great passion for creating new and innovative products. She has both worked on and lead teams in multiple previous pitch competitions and seeks out opportunities to mentor others.

Everyone has the capacity for greatness but those who truly succeed are the ones who utilize the minds of those around them.

Ellison N. Peer Mentor

Ellison is a senior at a large Chicago High School where she is a member of both the English and Spanish National Honor Societies. She is an avid equestrian, competing with her horse at competitions through the country, something that has taught her about goal-setting and perseverance. In her free time, she enjoys baking, true-crime TV shows, trying to beat her brother in NBA 2K, and hanging out with her chinchilla.

If you light yourself on fire the whole world will come watch you burn.

Andy Coferent

Hannah S. Peer Mentor

Hannah is a senior at a large Chicagoland high school. She owns her own business that is flourishing in her own community, as well as playing competitive girls basketball. She’s super excited to work with others in the Teen Innovators community and positively mentor others!

The only thing you leave on this Earth is what you give to other people.

Jessica C. Peer Mentor

Jessica is going to be a senior in High School where she has been involved with The Future Business Leaders of America. She is passionate about basketball and softball and plays the trombone in her high school band. Jessica loves helping younger kids with schoolwork and would like to become a teacher.

To be successful, there are three steps: Show up, Pay attention, Do your job.

Kate B. Peer Mentor

Kate B. graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep and is a freshman at Northwestern University studying computer science and biology. Over the summer, she works at YMCA Camp Edwards as an overnight camp counselor, facilitating a fun summer on the lake while helping the campers build leadership skills. She loves baking, traveling, and running in her free time.

My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.

Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)

Kyan N. Peer Mentor

Kyan is a high school senior in high school in Virginia who’s been heavily involved with Black Student Union and enjoys learning about business marketing. He’s passionate about the game of basketball and played for 13 years and is excited to help students develop leadership skills while also expanding his own!

The only time you should look back in life is to see how far you have come.

Natalia Z. Peer Mentor

Natalia is a senior at a large Chicago High School and is an active member of her school’s Model UN club. She is also very involved in her school’s Gender Equity Conference and Organization of Immigrants. She loves to bike, read, and listen to music (especially her collection of old vinyls).​

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu

Nellie G. Peer Mentor

Nellie is a freshman at Wesleyan University. In high school, she participated in state competitions for speech, was Sr. Editor of her high school newspaper and class valedictorian. Her passions correlate to social inclusivity as well as writing. She often blends these two passions together by writing articles that center around social justice issues.

​A good writer does not write to write, but rather to elicit an emotion.

Nicole C. Peer Mentor

Nicole is a senior at Vanderbilt University studying Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She attended Walter Payton for high school, where she swam and played water polo. She loves to cook, bake, eat, and travel and even has a separate Instagram account for all the food she makes/eats from all over the world. She also likes listening to music, dancing, and painting.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

NoahPeer Mentor

Noah is a high school junior from northern Indiana. He is a songwriter/musician with songs streaming on Spotify, Apple music and SoundCloud. He is also a creative designer who owns an LLC, offering video editing, design and social media services. Noah looks forward to sharing his knowledge of music production and artist promotion to inspire confidence in younger creatives.

You miss 100% of the shots you never take.

Wayne Gretsky / Michael Scott

Oliver S. Peer Mentor

Oliver is a freshman at the University of Southern California and plans to study international relations, economics, and computer science. Oliver is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and loves hiking and backpacking. As a trip participant and leader, Oliver has learned the value of goal-setting, persistence, and peer collaboration to confidently navigate the wilderness. Oliver is eager to share the lessons he has learned in the outdoors with others to encourage and guide them on their path to success.

When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.

Elon Musk

Rohan N. Peer Mentor

Rohan is a junior where he has participated in local and statewide debate competitions. Rohan is a classically trained pianist, avid golfer, and travel enthusiast.

Sebastian B. Peer Mentor

During his freshman year at UNC-Chapel Hill, Sebastian was signed to play professional soccer with the MLS team Colombus Crew. Sebastian grew up living in four different countries and loves to travel. He is passionate about participating in community service projects and helping others feel empowered.

Trevor S. Peer Mentor

Trevor is a crazy energetic guy who loves to work with his hands and interact with others. He loves being the jack of all trades and knowing something about everything. He has also been playing competitive volleyball for 5 years and has competed at a national level. Trevor is a Rising freshman at Harvard University and plans to concentrate in Electrical engineering.

The people who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones who do.

Rob Siltanen

Zachery B. Peer Mentor

Zach is an inquisitive and curious person who strives to figure out how the world works through science. He is a first-year at Georgia Tech and is majoring in electrical engineering. Zach knows that knowledge is only part of the equation to success, so he has been sharpening his leadership skills throughout high school by taking local and state-wide leadership roles in DECA. Outside of school, Zach is a huge gamer and self-taught automotive mechanic.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Winston Churchill