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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”.

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

State Farm Insurance Sponsors Workshop for FLA Students

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, our students and parents from the FLA School Program in Palmetto and Sarasota High Schools had meetings in which they learned how college financial aid works. Additionally, they learned basic household budgeting and money management. The workshop was sponsored by State Farm, and insurance company that believes in, and support the mission of UnidosNow. We are thankful to Kim Vole and Ric Coffey who participated in these events.
 

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HUGE SUCCESS for UnidosNow: Sarasota High now ranked #1 for most improved for FAFSA completion

From Catalina Kaiyoorawongs

We wanted to share the news released by the Florida College Access Network. UnidosNow has a huge success to celebrate! As a result of our  workshop with all seniors, reaching out directly to students at Sarasota High, and taking data to identify who we need to reach out to, Sarasota High is  now ranked # 1 for most improved high school is in the State for FAFSA completion as of the beginning of February. This is even before we join forces as a community to host the School sponsored workshop! Let’s see if we can keep this up! I wanted to personally reach out to our major supporters and let them know! Thanks to all our volunteer efforts, we are truly making strides to help low income students obtain the money they need for college. Please refer to the second info graphic.

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From: Florida College Access Network <amartinez@floridacollegeaccess.org>
Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 Florida schools
To: Catalina <catalina@unidosnow.org>

Press Contact:
Ashley J. Martinez, (813) 974-8606
amartinez@floridacollegeaccess.org

Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 schools

New, interactive dashboard allows users to track school, district and state-level FAFSA completion data through spring 2016

Tampa, FL — Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) has released theFlorida FAFSA Finish Line dashboard with new data for 2016, showing the number of 12th graders throughout the state who have completed the form.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for $150 billion in federal financial aid programs each year, yet tens of thousands of eligible Florida students neglect to fill out the form.  Previous estimates from Florida CAN show Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grants each year, not including state aid programs like the Florida Student Assistance Grant, which also requires a completed FAFSA.

The Florida FAFSA Finish Line data dashboard allows schools, districts and community partners to view FAFSA completion rates in near-real time with data updates taking place weekly through March and bi-weekly through June.

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“Money should never be the reason why students choose not to go to college,” said Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research and Policy for Florida CAN. “This data dashboard can help schools, districts and community partners make sure their students complete the FAFSA and have a plan for life after high school.”

To spark an increase in FAFSA completions among high school seniors, last December Florida CAN announced the Florida FAFSA Challenge to encourage all schools and districts to raise FAFSA completion rates by 5% in 2016.  Schools and districts that sign up for the challenge receive support, resources and recognition, with trophies going to top performers in the state.

Each week, schools and districts with the highest FAFSA completion rates (“MVP”), the most improved FAFSA completion rates (“Most Improved”), and the closest to the 5% goal in the fewest amount of days (“Fastest Lap”) will be featured in the FAFSA Challenge Leaderboard, updated each week through March 31, 2016.  A downloadable version of the most recent Leaderboard with data through February 5, 2016 can be found here.


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Schools and districts interested in participating in the Florida FAFSA Challenge can learn more and register here.

For more information on FAFSA completion data, research and resources, see these previous releases by Florida CAN:

A downloadable version (.PDF) of this press release can be found here.

The Florida FAFSA Challenge is possible thanks to the support of the Helios Education Foundation and Swift Family Foundation.

About Florida College Access Network
The mission of the Florida College Access Network is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Our Big Goal is to increase the percentage of Florida residents who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025. For more information, visitwww.floridacollegeaccess.org.
                                                                                          
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Palmetto Career Panel

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On January 12 UnidosNow hosted a Career Panel at Palmetto High where students were inspired to dream big and learn about how to overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams.

Thank you for Dr. Fitch (radiation oncologist), Ms. Guillermina Vega (accountant), Ms. Rachel Maquinas (Nurse Practitioner), and Mr. Hector Tejeda (Pharmaceutical executive and previous Executive Director of UnidosNow) for sharing your struggles, dreams, and words of advice and wisdom.

The students were extremely touched. The session ended with table discussion on ranking the importance of job satisfaction verses pay and other issues low incomes students may face in making career choices.

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