- American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive.
- The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors.
- With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender.
- American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality.
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Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s