Mentor Spotlight: CeCe Campos

Each of our youth-led businesses has amazing mentors who help teach and guide our students.

Mentor Spotlights will be a chance for you to be introduced to some of these mentors and hear why they do what they do!

CeCe Campos is a mentor for Pier Pressure Design (PPD), which is our sewing team that repurposes sails and fabric into things like bags and purses. Campos was one of the first students to be a part of Youth Interactive when it started in Santa Barbara in 2012. She and her friends founded Pier Pressure Design and Campos has designed two of their three logos, including the most recent one.

An alum of Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy, Campos says that PPD, “became a part of who I am. A lot of the confidence and knowledge I have came from PPD and it will always have a special place in my heart.” Campos came back to be a mentor because she wants to make sure every student who comes through Youth Interactive and PPD is able to experience the same joy that she did. When she isn’t volunteering her time as a mentor, Campos works full time in the Youth Interactive Shop and State Gallery.

Campos, who now manages the YI shop, helps a customer at February’s First Thursday Extravaganza.

Campos, who now manages the YI shop, helps a customer at February’s First Thursday Extravaganza.

When asked about the importance of mentors at Youth Interactive, Campos said, “Having mentors allows you to learn through their successes and failures. They guide you and put you on a path that helps you avoid their mistakes. Having mentors gives you an advantage. They teach you how to do something the best way they know how and then they help you find the best way for you to do it too.”

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, find out more information and apply here!