Joseph Medina has always had a passion for helping people and helping students prepare for college. Negative experiences with his high school counselors and lack of knowledge of the college process fueled his desire to not allow other students to struggle as he did when applying for college. While in college his professors, who were positive role models and mentors, led him to give back to his community and eventually pursuing a career in college counseling.
In 2010, he started helping youth with college counseling because he saw the need to guide, mentor, and motivate them in preparing for college. One of the first individual's he guided through the college admissions process was his younger brother. His brother is currently in his second year at Georgetown University. Many of Joseph's other students have shared similar success.
Investing in people, especially youth is one of Joseph's mission's in life. In 2012, he started a mentor group consisting of high school students who would volunteer in the community. More students joined the group and they earned the name "The A-Team" for their hard work. The A-Team has volunteered thousands of hours and has received numerous awards. Joseph is very proud of what the team has accomplished. He continues to empower youth to make a difference and be leaders in their community.
Joseph received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge. In addition, he has completed a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC).