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!
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”.
Thursday, March 10th
Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center
1750 17th Street, Bldg. J-1- Loevner meeting room
Sarasota, FL 34234
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.
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.
From: Florida College Access Network <amartinez@
Date: Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Florida CAN releases FAFSA data for over 600 Florida schools
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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.