Dear AISS Supporters,

During this past month, we scholars have been preparing for life after high school by applying to colleges and attending workshops that help us prepare for a career in the workforce. By continuously updating our Educational Business Plan that we created in the summer we can stay on track with our progression through the Fall/Winter. Dr. Yaron Zoller’s Teams vs. Groups and Manager vs. Leader presentations taught us about the subtle but significant differences between the pairs. Groups work together because they have to, similarly to how managers oversee tasks that must be done. Teams support each other because they have a sense of trust with one another, like how leaders are trusted by those they lead to spearhead the project they all contribute to. Seeing this dynamic is essential to productivity as a team to be able to complete tasks with ease. This was incredibly informative knowledge to gain, and we’re grateful Dr. Zoller took the time to teach us this.

On December 29th, we had the privilege of attending a virtual luncheon with alumni and supporters of the AISS program. We presented the individual posters we created that included our interests and top college choices during this event. Each of the six teams presented a video that was created to address how their four scholars cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. We had the chance to ask questions directly to alumni and supporters during a question-and-answer portion. We enjoyed the Alumni Luncheon and are incredibly grateful for the great advice given to us by the alumni and will take it with us as we enter college in the fall. Going into the second semester of our senior year, we hope to take advantage of opportunities presented to us in light of finishing our year strong and graduating from high school in June of 2021.
TEAM 1: Jonathan Fuentes, Leslie Jimenez, Sayrha Luna, Melodi Morgan

Class of '21 Vision Boards

Presenting the scholars' vision boards with their top two college choices, hobbies, and the high schools they are currently attending.


Future Chiropractor: Elena Lopez is an AISS scholar from Century High School who was nominated for this award because of her hard work, leadership skills, outstanding teamwork, and excellent attendance. Her hunger for success drives Elena; she takes pride in her work by providing her best outcome. With her great communication skills, she is well respected by her team and peers, as well as teachers and staff.
To learn more about Elena, click HERE


Joseph Rosales
Future: Mechanical Engineer

The idea of creating has always captivated me because of the satisfaction it brought. In the beginning, I started with simple drawings. It was fun creating the most absurd things I could think of, but I found that I was just limited within the paper, that is until I discovered Legos. They were so simple, yet they can be assembled in so many different ways to create basic, complex contraptions.
Fast forward to freshman year, and I found that the career closest to my interests was engineering. To further explore this career, I joined the engineering club at school known as the Century Race Team. The club was absolutely incredible. I became comfortable working with different tools, applying adhesives, and much more. One of the most important things I learned was the engineering design process. This process involved analyzing the problem, trying a solution, then reflecting on the results.
This process is meant to create a working concept and look for continuous improvement to make a product as efficient as possible. It requires us to look deeper into the design of an object and find out why it works. To make something functional and efficient requires a deeper understanding of the mechanics that help it come together. In recent times, I have realized that learning how and why things work is a big part of becoming an engineer. When a product is broken down into its simple components, its essential functions can be used and applied to other products, just like putting Legos together.
Alumnus: Joshua Lopez
AISS Class of 2015
As a first-generation graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in finance, I have developed an entrepreneurial spirit, a desire for career advancement, and an international perspective through the management of family trepidation related to immigration. AISS has immensely contributed to my personal history of opportunity capitalization, which is why I wish to contribute to an organization focused on growth, excellence, and impact on high-achieving students. 
AISS introduced me to my first internship for a Forbes Top 100 CA Wealth Advisors team in Irvine. I was fortunate enough to contribute to a thriving culture for 2.5 years while completing my undergrad at CSUF. Additionally, as a recent Spring 2020 graduate, I am excited to start my career with First Foundation, Inc. as an online banking specialist in 2021.

Through my progression as an AISS scholar, I have become determined to welcome new experiences and strive for extraordinary achievement for the organizations I impact.

Supporter: Dr. Yaron Zoller

Dr. Yaron Zoller is a Lecturer on Organizations and Strategic Management and Director of and the Business Scholars program director at the Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was born in Israel but recently became an American citizen. Yaron got involved with AISS through a connection made by an Israeli friend, Mr. Efi (Efraim) Roe Kozorovitsky, a board member of AISS. Yaron is happy to be involved with the AISS program and tries to help the students pursue successful careers and accomplish great things for themselves and their communities.

Besides teaching management courses full-time at the university level, Yaron has over a decade of experience working for a multinational technology firm in software and quality assurance. He served in the Israeli Defense Force from 1993-1998, rising to Lieutenant's rank. He is married to Katherine (from Peru) and speaks four languages (Hebrew, English, Spanish, and Portuguese).

Yaron indicates that it is vital to have discussions rather than a lecture in his talks with students. He acknowledges that teaching business and management requires keeping-up with current business trends and providing practical examples for an audience that tends to be skeptical, so he uses critical thinking techniques to evaluate real-life situations and theoretical concepts in his talks. Yaron spoke with AISS students on December 5, 2020, on the topic of Groups and Teams and on January 9, 2021, about Managers vs. Leaders.
He is looking forward to continuing to support the organization in the upcoming months.
To learn more about Dr. Yaron, click HERE.



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