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Sylvia Rivera is an education partner specialist who focuses on creating and sustaining relationships with nonprofit organizations, K-12 administrators, social justice organizations, higher education administrators and educational institutions to influence and advance opportunities to empower youth.

Her passion for education was fostered by her dad’s deep belief in the ability of education to break down barriers. As a first generation college student, Sylvia held tight to the idea that knowledge is something that can never be taken away and has fallen in love with being a life long learner. As a College Possible board member she hopes to contribute greater opportunity for student voice, a diverse perspective of Philadelphia area students, and more than 15 years of college access experience. Sylvia continues to be energized by young people learning, discovering, and flourishing during their college journey.

Her current role as Program Administrator for the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation promotes the integration of project management skills in project based learning environments and provides no cost project management resources and tools for educators.

Sylvia believes Project Management is an invaluable life skill and works to help educators embed project management tools into their curriculum for college and career ready youth.

She is a featured workshop facilitator at educational conferences and is a Partnership for 21st Century Learning Strategic Council Member. Sylvia provides regular articles for the P21 newsletter and blog and shares content for educators on various platforms.

Sylvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Central Penn College and is a MBA Graduate from DeVry University.

She joined the site board to expand the program’s reach to give more Philadelphia-area students exposure, awareness and access to higher education while elevating student voices and perspectives in the conversation. “I immediately fell in love with the organization when I reviewed the curriculum. It was by far the most comprehensive model I’ve ever seen to help students launch and persist in and through college to graduation.”

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