Wheelock students come from widely varied backgrounds and experiences, but often leave with common goals and interests. Jordan Pina came to Wheelock from New Bedford, MA, looking for a chance to play some basketball and determine what his calling was. A member of the first graduating class of the Communications & Media Literacy program in 2012, Jordan found his interest in being a mentor to youth drew him toward a minor in Juvenile Justice. He then tied his love of basketball in with a minor in Sports-Based Youth Development.
Today, Jordan is using all aspects of his Wheelock education to help high school student-athletes in his native city prepare for college. The 25 year old works in the College Access Program in New Bedford High School for Seven Hills Behavioral Health, as part of Massachusetts Education and Career Opportunities (EDCO), which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
Recently profiled on the website South Coast Today, Pina said,
“When asked what I wanted to do in college I said, ‘I want to go back to New Bedford and help those kids.’ To live that dream out, it’s great.”
The article explains that Pina helps student-athletes prepare for standardized tests, go on college visits, and find ways to save money on application fees and other costs. One student summed up Jordan’s impact this way, “Go see Jordan right away. And if you don’t think you’re good enough for college, you are.” Read the full article.
Watch this interview with Jordan from when he was a student at Wheelock.