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Jo-Ann Hillman, Volunteer of the Month

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As a new volunteer to the Future Leaders Academy this summer, Jo-Ann, a retired teacher, helped us achieve a new goal for the program; she developed and implemented a two-week ACT lab to help students bring up their ACT scores.

Not only did she create this new component for our curriculum, Ms. H. – as the students call Jo-Ann – also raised the money for the materials, reaching out to the William Stark Jones Foundation and the Moose Lodge, which generously supported the lab.

Jo-Ann’s passion for helping talented students succeed in their pursuit of getting into selective colleges is inspiring! She brought her positive energy and creativity to the FLA and did wonders to boost the confidence of our scholars, who loved her teaching style.

We cannot thank her – and the organizations that supported her important work – enough; we are truly grateful!

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June’s Volunteer of the Month: Evelyn Tejeda

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Congratulate our volunteer of the month Evelyn Tejeda! Evelyn mentors our students, helps with UnidosNow events, and believes in education. No task is too small or too big for our passionate volunteer of the month. . She likes to give back to the community and is mentoring three of our Rising Junior scholars in the Future Leaders Summer Academy.

Evelyn, who is, herself, a first-generation college grad, grew up in Brooklyn and became a physical therapist (PT). She worked very hard to support her spouse, Hector Tejeda, while he was working on his MBA at Harvard. They have two sons, who are very successful young men, thanks in large part to Evelyn’s and Hector’s instilling in them the value of education and supporting their pursuit of higher education.

In her role as a PT, Evelyn’s passion has been to work with the senior population, ensuring that they get the best care and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.

Evelyn brings humility, love and confidence to her volunteer work. The scholars she is working with will not only have a great mentor who will help them achieve their goals, but also a role model who embodies what community service is all about.

We are grateful and fortunate to have Evelyn by our side.