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Mentor and friend hopes to pass on wisdom to youth

Wesley Ibarra, Health systems management major, Class of 2019

“I have learned lots of lessons, and I feel like it is my duty to pass on my wisdom and guide young people in the right direction,” said Junior Wesley Ibarra, when asked why he hopes to be a youth program coordinator. A natural when it comes to guidance, Wesley is a mentor through Brothers for Excellence, a program that provides support and encouragement to people of color. He is also an assistant coach for varsity baseball at his alma mater, Roosevelt High School, and a student supervisor at Halas Recreation Center on the Lake Shore Campus.

Wesley’s passion for leading a healthy lifestyle is also one of the reasons he chose to study health systems management at the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. He is grateful to Loyola for providing curriculum and opportunities that allow him to follow both of his passions. “The groundwork and resources that Loyola provides its students help us to be well-rounded and more prepared for not only college life but also life after college,” he said.