Meet a Compass Coach: Joselyn Yrayta

Welcome Joselyn Yrayta, our new Financial Coaching Associate for the Mass LEAP and One Family Scholars programs!

Q: How did you first learn about Compass?

A: I first learned about Compass when I met Phuong Luong, the Director of Financial Services, at a United Way training. I was very interested in what she had to say about how Compass serves their families as well as their different approaches.

Q: What made you decide to be a financial coach?

A: I decided to be a financial coach when I realized just how much misinformation exists about finances. I realized that as a Latinx woman, I need a different story to tell and an angle to present financial information. I come from a working class background with my parents who immigrated to this country from Peru. My mother was the “financial planner” in the family and when she met my dad, he was deeply in debt. At the time, they lived in the projects, and my mother always dreamed of owning a house. Through her hard work – literally working two minimum wage jobs to save as much as she could– they were finally able to save enough to buy a house. I understand what it means to struggle and what kind of sacrifices have to happen to “make it”.  However, as my mom now laments and how I witnessed first hand, there were many financial products and methods that she wasn’t aware of that would have benefited our family.

As a coach, I am able to let people know about helpful programs and financial methods. Everyone deserves the right to access high quality financial services and I am so proud to be part of the Compass team, which does exactly that.

Q: What do you like best about working with Compass clients?

A: Information sharing. Everyone has knowledge to bring to the table and every day I feel like I learn something new. I believe that it is so important to share knowledge in your communities. It is also such a privilege and honor to be part of the process that clients go through to reach their dreams. I am always in awe of my clients and their tenacity.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?

A: I enjoy reading scary novels, volunteering with animals, and being on my PlayStation 4.