William Tong was born in Dallas, Texas and raised by a single mother until he was 14. When his mother passed away during his freshman year, he relocated to live under the guardianship of his brother in California. There, he built a thriving family of LGBTQ individuals and allies by founding his school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance. He also served as a member of other LGBTQ+ activist organizations such as Youth Empowered to Act. During his senior year, Will moved away from his homophobic legal guardian and completed his high school education in Massachusetts. Throughout his various high schools, Will has held leadership positions in Gender Sexuality Alliance, Debate, Academic Decathlon, and Relay for Life (a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting cancer). In college, Will plans to study the intersection of technology and social progress. Two issues Will holds particularly close to his heart are equity in educational opportunity and mental health for LGBTQ+ youth. Ultimately, Will hopes to devote his life to developing and investing in social ventures that address the issues affecting disadvantaged and disenfranchised minorities.