“As a Latina woman,
coming to the US was an eye-opening experience. I saw women behind desks,
teaching, standing in court. You don’t see that where I am from. As a young
Latina immigrant, I was always told why was I wasting my time going to school?
School isn’t for people like you.”
-Jasmin M. a 17-year-old client from Honduras
In 2018 we piloted our agency’s first Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) alongside seven young Latinas coming to us with one goal in mind, ‘Can a girl like me go to college?”
YEP aims to educate our young Latino kids we work with, ages 17 and older, and help them identify barriers which they face in achieving their career and educational goals after high school. We offer an extensive curriculum includes mock interviews, a college applications and essays workshop, financial planning, guest speakers from the clients’ chosen career fields, healthy relationships all while reflecting on the value of believing in your worth no matter what.
The fourth session ended with our all Latina girl group remarking on each other’s strengths– things that they didn’t
even recognize in themselves. They agreed on how important it was to advocate for themselves and recognized living authentically and being proud of their heritage as immigrant women are truly impressive qualities that could help them stand out and succeed in their future careers.
Although the paths they each chose to embark on varied, these young women are united by their tenacity and their
desire to serve the community and give back to their new country which has offered them a second chance.
Why it matters:
We have identified program needs, based on interest from our client community, and now we are in the process of identifying funding possibilities. To be eligible for our services, our clients are living at or below 150% of the poverty line,
but that is of course no reflection of their ultimate potential. With your contributions, we will be able to fund and grown our Youth Empowerment Program for one year and reach 30 first generation Latina students.
- $30 provides a transit subsidy for one student to attend the entire summer Youth Empowerment Program
- $50 covers the cost of school supplies for one student at college
- $100 buys software to aid in the education of one student
- $200 provides books for one student for a semester at college
- $400 buys one laptop computer for a student to participate in classes and complete homework
Other Ways You Can Help:
Help comes in all forms.
– You can help us get out the word – share this campaign with your community!
– Remember to use the HIPGive social sharing tools. Use hashtags!
– Become an official campaign ambassador or volunteer.
– Sign up to volunteer for YEP!
Mary Park Durham
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