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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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UnidosNow is Featured in Univisión News

Last week, Carlos Bohorquez, from Univision news, interview our scholar Sara Marin to talk about her scholarships to go to college and the UnidosNow program that helped her get there, the Future Leaders Academy. Sarah, we are so proud of you and everything you are accomplishing.

“Tampa Bay, (ENTRAVISION), – El programa de orientación Unidos Now ayuda a guiar a los estudiantes para escoger una carrera universitaria y becas a hispanos.

Se informó que la orientación es gratuita y pueden acceder a www.unidosnow.org

Carlos Bohorquez amplía en el reportaje adjunto.”

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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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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New Executive Director to Lead UnidosNow

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Sarasota/Manatee, FL – UnidosNow, a Bi-County organization that provides education programs and promotes civic integration for Latinos in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, welcomes Luz Corcuera as its new Executive Director.

“We are so pleased to bring Luz on board, given her exemplary abilities to bring people together and her extensive experience in community-building and engagement. With a long history, locally, of developing and implementing diverse community-based programs, Luz has a stellar reputation across both counties, where she has developed strong relationships with private, public, faith-based, and civic organizations. With her leadership, UnidosNow will continue to grow in its ability to empower Latinos to achieve their American dream.”

Ms. Corcuera has worked in the mental health, maternal-child health, and community health arenas over last two decades, most recently with the Healthy Start program and a local health department, leading prevention and education community-based initiatives, including a community needs assessment and community health improvement taskforce. “I am passionate about working with diverse communities, promoting education, health, and cultural competency”, said Ms. Corcuera. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to combine my passion and my experience, and to lead Unidos in fulfilling its goal to educate, elevate, and integrate our Latino community. We face some challenges to closing the education achievement gap, reversing negative health trends, and empowering people to civic integration. I will like to ensure we are the trusted link with the community,” she added.

As the organization welcomes Ms. Corcuera, it also thanks Hector Tejeda for his service, as UnidosNow’s immediate past Executive Director. “UnidosNow has been transformed thanks to Hector’s leadership and contributions over the last two years,” said Mr. Kirschner. Fortunately, Mr. Tejeda will continue to serve in an advisory capacity. “Hector fostered an environment that gave UnidosNow students an Ivy League, best of class experience in preparing them for college,” Mr. Kirschner added.

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.

#GivingTuesday College Wish List

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Tax-deductible student sponsorship available!

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of this international giving day and our College Prep Sponsorship! We have a day to give thanks, two for getting deals, and now it’s time for the #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Today, December 1st, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

During the #GivingTuesday you can help us create a college prep library in our schools. This is what we need:

  • 50 ACT Prep books
  • 25 Fiske Guide books
  • 2 laptops
  • 25 tablets
  • A large television screen notebooks
  • And binders

It costs $1,200 per student. Sponsor a scholar today! Or sponsor our College Tour for $600.

You can email Catalina at [email protected] if you are interested in this tax deductible opportunity to help more students, and to learn more.

All this is tax deductible! Get a write off today!