Ruben enrolled into NAYA’s Early College Academy as a sophomore. Through NAYA, Ruben was connected with a Youth Advocate, who tackled his needs and challenges alongside him. With the help of a scholarship and the support of his Youth Advocate, Ruben signed up for an electrical engineering class with Saturday Academy. After successfully completing his class, Ruben applied for the Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program with Saturday Academy, a summer program with a tough application and selection process. After writing numerous essays and submitting his application, Ruben was interviewed by three different mentorship organizations and all three accepted him! He chose to work with Bonneville Power Administration because of his desire to study and eventually graduate in the electrical engineering field. Ruben successfully completed his apprenticeship with Bonneville Power, which was no small feat as he was an incoming junior in high school working 40 hours a week for his entire summer. Following that successful summer, Ruben enrolled in the Academy of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (ACE). There, Ruben has been able to take and excel in advanced math and science courses that will help him on his journey to college and beyond. He also got involved in the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Summer Academy, a week-long SAT prep course held at Lewis and Clark College, which helped him achieve high scores on his SATs. With the help of the College and Career Center Coordinator and his Youth Advocate, Ruben applied for Oregon State University and Portland Community College, in addition to seeking several scholarships. Ruben Joe started college at Oregon State University in October, 2013.