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Alumni Spotlight: Meet Chante

Chante | Topeka High School, 2011 | Topeka, Kansas

Chante loves going back to high school. Sometimes she returns to Topeka High as a speaker, other times as a mentor or to judge YE business plan competitions. Often, it’s to seek advice from her own YE teacher and mentor, Mr. Moore.

“He is hands-down the reason I have been successful,” Chante says, pointing out that it was Mr. Moore who convinced her to take YE, and while she was in college at Washburn University, he called her about a summer partnership – that later became an internship – at Westar Energy. For her and another YE alumna, Kaitlyn Truesdell the experience was life-changing. “I don’t know what my path would have looked like without YE, because it’s been a part of everything I’ve done after high school,” Chante explains.

“Our students are our future, and I want to help them see that they can craft their own paths.”

At Westar, while she mentored other YE students in their summer partnerships, her true passion was revealed: working with youth. ”Something YE taught me is that although I wasn’t born with every resource at my fingertips, I can still achieve my dreams,” she explains. ”Our students are our future, and I want to help them see that they can craft their own paths.” Currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Kansas, her goal is to help shape the future through education. And though Chante is experiencing her own success, she revels in watching other students taste it, too. ”YE has helped not only me but others who I went to high school with,” she says, ”and we are all just doing so well.”