President Obama and Young Americans

TEAM: Bowie’s Big Dreams

We are excited to announce a new series called "Tales of Excellence, Achievement and Mentorship" or "TEAM." This will be a weekly series partnered with, an organization that helps college students find and collaborate with mentors to successfully graduate from college and embark on their desired careers.

The series features students from diverse backgrounds and from across the country using mentorships to advance their career and education goals. In their own words, they explain how mentors helped them transform into the leaders of tomorrow.

Our first edition features Etienne Bowie, a young American from San Jose, California whose mentorship through changed his life for the better. When Etienne was growing up, he didn't have a role model who could help him prepare for college or explore his career aspirations; in fact, "Most of the role models I had growing up were gangsters," he says. Etienne had big dreams of a different life – one where someday he could get involved in monetary policy or work for the Federal Reserve. Hear Etienne’s success story and learn how his mentor helped him commit to a new life.'s Mentoring Program Helps College Student Etienne Bowie Commit to a New Life. (Video from


Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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