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Mentor Training for our FLA Summer Academy

In May, UnidosNow held its first mentor training for the Future Leaders Summer Academy. All the participants showed their excitement to start working with the talented students that will be participating at this year’s Academy. We cannot wait! Thank you to our volunteers and mentors for being there for our Future Leaders, and for all the work you will be doing to support our new classes of the FLA Summer Academy.

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UnidosNow at the FCAN Summit

With the theme “Better Together”, the 2016 Florida College Access Network Summit was held at Lake Buenavista. Its goal: to keep empowering communities to work constructively together with our schools and build partnerships with universities, colleges, schools, community organizations, businesses, parents, and students.

Pumariega gave the closing remarks at the summit emphasizing that colleges, business, community leaders and community-based organizations need to work together so that college attainment and college graduation is a reality for all.

UnidosNow Executive Director, Luz Corcuera, participated in the Summit to learn about best practices to bring back to our community. Corcuera was touched by the stories she heard from first generation college students, reminding her to UnidosNow’s scholars.

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First generation college students sharing their experiences at the FCAN Summit.

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UnidosNow Executive Director, Luz Corcuera (left), with Madeline Pumariega (right), Chancellor of Florida Colleges.

Farewell, Catalina

A very special person from the Dream Team has ended a chapter of her life to start a new one. Cathaleen Kaiyoorawongs will be going to the University of Michigan to pursue her MBA and Masters in Education, Leadership and Policy. She continues to be a role model for the students she passionately helped and empowered all these years. Catalina, you will truly be missed. Thank you for everything you have done at UnidosNow to help us #DREAMBig‬!

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Future Leaders at Palmetto High Graduate!

The FLA School Program in Palmetto High closing ceremony with the participation of family and friends was held on May 6th, 2016. The very involved Parent’s Advisory Board prepared a fundraising event before the ceremony to support college tours for next year. Congratulations to all our wondrous Future Leaders Scholars: we are very proud of all of you!

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UnidosNow touring colleges with “First Generation” future college students

Palmetto and Sarasota High School students visited four colleges and universities of different types in Central Florida. Students visited Southeastern University, UCF, Stetson and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in a two-day whirlwind tour. Six parents came along to learn about college life and college admission process.

Students’ Quotes

“The best part of this all was going to all of these fantastic schools and really getting a visual of just how great college life is going to be . I also got to gain very much needed information that will later help me in the future.”

“I really enjoyed having some of the admission people tell us the honest truth. Also how each university had its own unique feel and personality to it. I personally loved that so much. That each college is great in it’s own way like people are but some aren’t just for me. I also really enjoyed how the universities each had their own wag of presenting.”

“The best experience I got from our 2 day field trip was the seminar explaining UCF and their programs and also hearing the college student’s testimony. It was also sharing rooms with the other UnidosNow students and getting to know each other better. ”

“The best experience I had was when we visited UCF and the students who go there talked about their experience at UCF. But the girl who talked was just like if she knew what I was going through everything she said I can relate to how she felt she wasn’t good enough to go to a college like UCF and she made me feel really confident about myself and that I can go to any school I want and be anything I can in life”.

UnidosNow Associate Executive Director Catalina Kaiyoorawongs Chosen Fellow into NCLR’s National Institute for Latino School Leaders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
February 25, 2016
Contact: Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@nclr.org
(305) 215-4259

 

Top Latino Educators Named 2016 Fellows for NCLR’s National Institute for Latino School Leaders

Unique program enhances advocacy efforts on behalf of Latino students

 

Sarasota, FL—UnidosNow is proud to announce that its Associate Executive Director Catalina Kaiyoorawongs was recently accepted into NCLR’s National Institute for Latino School Leaders fellowship program. UnidosNow has been fortunate to benefit from Catalina’s passion, creativity, and expertise over the last 4 years.

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is pleased to announce that 10 exceptional school leaders from California, Utah, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, Nevada and Florida were selected from a competitive pool of applicants as the 2016 fellows for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL). The program is generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The selected fellows have invested decades in the field of education working with Latino students, the majority of them English learners, from low-income communities. Designed for high-potential mid- to senior-level education leaders, the NILSL program will equip NCLR fellows with the advocacy and communication skills needed to influence policy and serve as spokespeople for NCLR.

NILSL, launched in 2011 by NCLR in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is the only institute that trains tenured school administrators and community-based organization leaders to advocate for federal- and state-level policies that strengthen the education of Latino students and English language learners. Since its inception, the NILSL program has recruited four cohorts and trained 33 fellows and five master fellows from eight states and the District of Columbia. This is the fifth cohort and will be composed of 10 fellows from seven states.

The ultimate goal of this institute is to elevate the voices of school leaders advocating for reform measures, accountability systems and quality programs aimed at improving the educational outcomes for students in the Latino community.

“In light of important changes to our nation’s education system, particularly the passage of a new ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), these fellows will play a critical role in helping to improve educational outcomes and accountability for our nation’s Latino students who represent about one-quarter of the nation’s school children,” said Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, NCLR.

Over the course of two years, the fellows will receive in-person and virtual training sessions that will equip them with the necessary skills to fulfill the envisioned dual role of serving as NCLR spokespeople as well as active agents in the policymaking process.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a group of talented and devoted educators participate in this program and enhance their advocacy skills. They have dedicated years to helping students in some of our nation’s underserved communities excel, ” said Margaret “Peggy” R. McLeod, Deputy Vice President, Education and Workforce Development, NCLR.

The NILSL fellowship will kick off with two-day training on March 7–9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Fellows named this year include:

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Jose Enriquez

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Executive Director

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Latinos in Action

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John Joseph Monteleone

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Administrator

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Lorain City Schools

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Rafael Gaeta

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Principal

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LAUSD – Nightingale Middle School

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CA

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Mayra Samantha Lopez-Zuniga

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Lead Education Organizer

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The Resurrection Project

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Christopher R. McBride

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Director

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Mariposa Academy of Language & Learning

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Marla Angelita Fernandez

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Principal

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South Bay Union School District

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Jesus F. Sanchez

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Director of Programs

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Esperanza Inc.

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Ana Martinez

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Executive Director

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IL

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Dalila Maria Duarte

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Director

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Casa Azafrán Early Learning Center

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TN

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Catalina Kaiyoorawongs Associate ED UnidosNow FL

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NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visitwww.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

UnidosNow was founded in 2010 to represent the integration needs of the region’s fastest-growing and most under-represented demographic. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit, its goal is to elevate the quality of life of the Hispanic/Latino community through education and, in doing so, elevate the quality of life of the entire community.

Fill Out FAFSA Party at Palmetto High

Our Palmetto High School “Fill Out FAFSA” party was a great success with over 90 people attending, and 42 families. Our sponsor, State Farm, also put in an appearance and gave some families gift cards. Thanks go out to our extraordinary volunteers, and the great team of counselors at the school! What a successful event!

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March Volunteer Meeting

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Please RSVP here

A message from Executive Director, Luz Corcuera

“Since joining the Dream Team of UnidosNow, I have been learning about the strengths of the organization. I am amazed at the number of talented and committed volunteers who share their valuable time and skills in myriad capacities.  Some work directly with students in the various settings where we engage young people, such as the high school clubs in Sarasota and Palmetto, the Future Leaders Academy, and others providing assistance at the FAFSA workshops we offer with our community partners.  And still other volunteers share their insight and expertise via UnidosNow’s several advisory boards.

While our team is mighty, it is also small, so without the invaluable support of our volunteers, we couldn’t accomplish our goal of leading low-income students and families to success.

We are committed to empowering young people who want to succeed and go to college but might not have access to other outlets or opportunities to help them do so.  While most of our clients are Hispanic, we have served Eastern European and Asian students, and we will never turn away a student who wants to participate in our programs.

We are inviting all of our volunteers to a meeting to have the opportunity to thank them and provide updates on our programs.  Please join us for our March volunteer meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 5:30 pm at the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street, Bldg. J-1- Loevner meeting room in Sarasota”.

Remember:

Thursday, March 10th

5:30pm

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

1750 17th Street, Bldg. J-1- Loevner meeting room

Sarasota, FL 34234

Please RSVP here

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