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Tomorrow’s Leaders Today: Gustavo Yañez Ríos

Jovenes Adelante Mentor Jock Whitehouse with JA Scholarshio Student Gustavo Yañes Ríos

By Robin Loving

Jóvenes Adelante grants scholarships to local A-level students who otherwise could not afford to attend university and bring their families out of poverty. Monthly, JA shares with the community the story of one of its scholarship students supported by community donations and sponsorships. This is the story of Gustavo Yáñes Ríos, who is studying public accounting at the University of Allende.

Gustavo hails from Los González near Los Rodríguez, where his mom is a housewife and his dad is a night watchman on an agricultural ranch. Gustavo is the ninth of 13 children in the family and the first to attend university. His goal is to own his own business, but he already owns two community computer access centers in Los González and in La Laguna Escondida, communities that previously had no such centers. He began these with loans from family members, and he has a brother running one and a sister in charge of the other.

Gustavo spends about 20 hours a week on university work, 40 hours a week on the business, and about five hours a night sleeping. In his spare time, he likes to play video games, practice guitar, see movies, and read novels, books on personal motivation, and texts on business administration. His favorite authors include Tony Robbins, Dale Carnegie, and Dr. Napoleon Hill. His favorite books include Rich Dad, Poor Dad; Think and Grow Rich; and The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People.

Gustavo speaks English thanks to his JA English tutor and mentor Jock Whitehouse, owner of Moonrise. “Part of a mentor’s job is to find the student’s passion and keep it alive,” said Jock. “It’s clear he wants to go into areas apart from the crowd—creating and controlling his own destiny—and he feels fully destined to be successful,” Jock continued. “This makes mentoring hugely rewarding”

When Gustavo graduates in another year and a half, he plans to travel the world, have a family after he is 30, and see Barcelona play Madrid in soccer. “I want to feel prepared to contribute to society,” said Gustavo. “And with the help of Jóvenes Adelante and Jock, I know I will.”

For more information about Jóvenes Adelante, see and/or contact me at, 152 3709 and/or 925 476 8117 (Vonage).


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