Mouse | Carlos


"Mouse changes young people's lives by allowing their creativity and ability to believe in themselves reach unthinkable levels."

  • Mouse Alum, IN-Tech Academy; New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • Mouse Digital Portfolio: Gap Assist, Artillo, Panda's Box
  • Apprenticeships: Sullivan & Cromwell

How did you choose to become involved with Mouse at IN-Tech?

During high school, Carlos wanted to do something that would “distinguish him from other students” and help him to stand out among his peers.  “I was always interested in technology, and very excited to have been accepted at IN-Tech.  Knowing that technology is always expanding, I knew that Mouse would be an amazing opportunity to learn about this rapidly growing area.

“Mouse was the best thing I have done in my life.  It’s opened doors that would not have been opened in any other way.”

--Carlos, Mouse Alum

What has it meant to you to learn about design?

“Mouse has opened my horizons with a heads up start in designing.”  Through Design League, Carlos has created several projects to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.  “To design something for someone else, it’s not just about design, it’s having a purpose.  It’s the best when you see them smile when they see the project you’ve created for them.”

What are some of the highlights of your experiences with Mouse?

Through Mouse, Carlos had the opportunity to be an apprentice in the technology department at Sullivan & Cromwell.  "Being at Sullivan & Cromwell taught me about technology, but more about life -- managing tasks, setting priorities, and checking your work.” Carlos also visited BrainPOP to provide feedback on a game being developed. “It was amazing to playtest a game before it comes out and provide my honest opinion.”

What has been the impact of your being involved with Mouse?

Carlos credits his involvement with Mouse with helping him “to feel more confident, improve his public speaking, become a better team player, and to better understand the perspective of others. “The skills I learned are lessons that I always help me in life, not just technology, but also the patience, putting yourself into other’s people shoes.”

What are your thoughts for the future?

Carlos is studying Accounting at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) and working part-time as a teller at JP Morgan Chase and helps with the technology programs at his school.  

He credits his involvement with Mouse as helping him to build his confidence and open doors to new opportunities.  "Meeting with my peers at Mouse helped give me the support that 'I can do this.'  Mouse brought out a part of me that I didn’t know existed."

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