UnidosNow’s 2Gen programs are impacting our community one family at a time. From Families Together, to our different Future Leaders Academies, our organization is ensuring that everyone in Sarasota and Manatee have the opportunities to grow and reach their highest potential.
Our College Prep Series is empowering our leaders of tomorrow to be agents of social change through college preparation, leadership training, and community service. Find below testimonials and statistics of our impact.
Listen and read what our students and parents have to say about UnidosNow’s College Prep Series.
Future Leaders Academy – Scholars Quotes
“I started doing a little more research and I found robotics neuroscience. Robotics neuroscience has revolutionized modern medicine and that is exactly what I want to do.” – Jonathan Barroso
“I’m pretty much getting the best results in my future thanks to the guidance of UnidosNow -it has helped me so much-, even my friends and family, and especially my mentor Evelyn who has helped me so much in this past year.” – Adrian Martinez
“I hit a point in my life where I lost my own dignity and I was told I would never make it to college. I felt lost within myself and it was not until I met UnidosNow -they had such open arms towards me- that that changed. They had the ambition and urging desire to help many children like me. I want to become an Ob-Gyn doctor because I think bringing life into this world is a blessing.” – Prissilla Martinez
“Sadie, my baby sister, sparked something in me, and it was my love for children, my desire to help others and my desire to reach a higher education that made me decide that I want to be a Pediatrician. At times I think to myself: ‘You are dreaming too high, this will never be possible’, but I remember that my parents tell me that I can do anything I set my mind to”. – Yesenia Perez
“My passion my whole life has been to create. My mom always told me I’m fortunate enough to have a passion but it’s a pretty terrifying thing because it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted in my life. I am currently pursuing my passion. November of last year I released my first project-my first album- titled ‘Falling Short'”. – Andres Monroy
“I helped my parents through many things. Small acts like helping my father on the weekends with his lawn services, which is a lot of hard work but it’s very low pay. I’ve also helped my mother clean houses, a lot of hard work and the same situation -low pay. I’ve also stained these hands with ink at 2 o’clock in the morning by helping my parents pack newspapers up and deliver them. And even after doing all these small acts throughout my whole life, it hasn’t truly satisfied this desire I have in helping my parents change the course of our life. Through UnidosNow I found a better solution and that solution is education.”– Alec Lemus
“Through my interest in sports, I have finally found that I want to be a physical therapist helping pro athletes and myself achieve their maximum potential.”– Alex Cela
“Music really does contribute to my life. As most people would think it would just be a waste of time or it’s just another hobby. I think music really does push me because it demands excellence. I really have to focus and give it my all in a performance. And I feel like this transfers to my job at Chick-fil-A, or when I’m doing school work, or when I’m in leadership in marching band.” – Omar Urbina
“I am the first child of my family to actually be diagnosed with a mental illness, but I am also the first child who will graduate in the top 10% of my class. The ways humans think -it can be so unique- is one of life’s biggest mysteries and it’s inspired me to dedicate my own life to research and to fully understand mental illness.” – Liliana Henriquez
“This program has very engaging and passionate people. It was a great opportunity. Financial education helped me learn about budgeting in action.” – Student
“I give UnidosNow workshops a 10 out of 10 because I learned how to help guide my daughter towards her future. I also learned how the education system works in this great country that gives us so many opportunities.” – Parent (translated from Spanish)
“I learned just as much as my daughter. I now want to go back to school now too.” – Parent (translated from Spanish)
“I will definitely recommend this College Pep Series to everybody. I think all my children will benefit greatly. Lots of information we were not aware of. My son is motivated to apply to a bigger school now.” – Parent
“I would recommend this program because it exposed me to new opportunities and because it helped me wake up and realize what I need to do now to get into college.” – Student
“My mentor was a stupendous moral support for all my efforts to get in higher level schools. I strongly believe that without her and UnidosNow I wouldn’t have the guts to apply to Quest Bridge. After becoming a Quest Bridge finalist and being admitted to the instant decision process at the USF Sarasota-Manatee, my confidence was significantly boosted up. That gave me the strength to apply to schools like UF, University of California – Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and my dream school which is Columbia University.” – Akira (Bolivian American)
Metric By College Prep Topic
There is a 100% gain on all college preparation topics. The largest informational gains: importance and how to develop a portfolio of activities.
|How to apply for financial aid||2.83||7.52||+166%
|How to develop and communicate your story/your pitch||3.66||8.72||+138.3%
|How to effectively prepare for SAT/ACT exams||4.55||8.16||+79%
|How to interview effectively||3.79||9.08||+140%
|How to manage your finances||3.83||7.84||+105%
|How to search and apply for scholarships||3.45||8.08||+134%
|How to select a "best fit" college||4.45||8.60||+93%
|How to select a career||5.28||8.56||+62%
|How to write an effective college essay||3.21||6.08||+89%
|How to write an effective resume||3.55||8.44||+138%
|The importance of leadership and community service||6.28||9.24||+47%