David Rojas Jr.
Founder & CEO | TA98
"In the long-term, Chicago will be an interconnected global hub that provides all of its residents, especially those in historically marginalized neighborhoods, with equal access to employment, education, health care, housing, and well-resourced community centers."
Undergraduate Degree: Connecticut College, '14
Fun fact: I helped build a youth advocacy group in rural Hawaii.
David is a Posse Scholar (2010) who graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor’s in Hispanic Studies (2014) with a concentration in global community development. While in college, David was selected as a Davis Projects for Peace Fellowship recipient where he received funding to design a paid summer internship program for first-generation college students in his neighborhood of South Lawndale (Little Village). He used this initiative to curate an experience that encouraged Black and Latino youth to see themselves as global change agents and encourage them to obtain higher educational degrees.
David transformed the summer internship program into what is now TA98, a social enterprise that aims to decrease unemployment rates among 16-24 year olds through entrepreneurship. TA98 has served more than 350 young adults throughout the west and south side of Chicago and has gathered more than $250,000 worth of workforce development resources. He has been featured on a handful of podcasts and articles about the current work he is doing in Chicago. Additionally, David Rojas Jr. serves as a Success Coach for the Noble Network of Charter Schools. His role focuses on providing extensive support to first-generation college students and their families, so that they have the resources needed to graduate and earn their bachelor’s degree.