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JULY 2010

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HOPE Leadership Program Graduates 28 Youths Ready for College

HOPE Youth Graduate Leadership Class 2010

HOPE's Youth Leadership Through Literacy Program, Class of 2010.  Program participants came from public schools in the Central Valley and the counties of Riverside, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Orange, San Bernardino and Santa Clara.(Photo Courtesy of HOPE)


A group of 28 Latinas selected from California public high schools completed the HOPE Youth Leadership Through Literacy Program, co-sponsored by the CSU's Latino Outreach Initiative.

The annual leadership program encourages low-income young women to obtain a college education and achieve financial self-sufficiency. Over the last five years, 98 percent of participants have graduated high school and 83 percent have enrolled in college.

In a small learning community, students from several areas of the state interacted with civic, political, education and corporate leaders and learned about the standards for admission to a four-year college, personal financial management, civic engagement and healthy living.

"I was impressed by the spirit of collegiality displayed by the students," said Adriana Badillo, director of the Talent Search Program at Cal State Fullerton. "All members of the group exuded enthusiastic support for each other. It was evident that through the program they learned that to succeed they needed to care for and motivate each other."

The students also received one-on-one college counseling with Cal State Fullerton advisers. “HOPE is proud of the collaborative nature of our partnership with the CSU and its campuses to host the College Boot Camp for the Youth Leadership Through Literacy Program," said Helen Torres, executive director of HOPE, a nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles. "We have had over 150 of our program graduates meet with CSU academic and financial advisers to prepare these first generation of college-going Latinas for their high school senior year and beyond.”

The program's final session and graduation ceremony on June 18 was hosted by the CSU at the Cal State Fullerton campus.

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