Each year, the Posse Foundation awards four-year, full-tuition scholarships to a select number of students with outstanding academic and leadership potential. This year, Edu-Futuro is very proud to announce that three graduates of our Emerging Leaders Program are finalists for this prestigious award.
High school seniors Analit Chambi from Falls Church High School, Marisela Lara from Washington-Lee High School, and Edgar Payano from Yorktown High School are graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program: Part I (ELP I) and are currently enrolled in the Emerging Leaders Program: Part II (ELP II). ELP II is the second phase of our college prep and leadership development program; it is a more individualized approach to the college preparation process designed specifically for seniors in high school.
Marisela speaks about her first ELP I session the summer after her sophomore year, “undoubtedly the most important aspect of my experience that summer was the fact that someone believed in me. I was encouraged to attempt things, such as to apply to scholarships, which I had previously avoided for fear of failing. But my mentors supported me and helped me to understand that I have a deep well of potential.”
“With the help of my mentors in ELP I and now in ELP II, I am a competitive finalist for a full-tuition scholarship,” Marisela says. “I cannot put into words how significant this is for my mother and me financially. Thanks to the support and inspiration given to me via Edu-Futuro, I am now one step closer to accomplishing my professional goal of practicing medicine.”
Saturday, December 14, 2013 is a big day for Edu-Futuro! In the morning we will hold a small closing ceremony marking the end of the fall 2013 semester of our Escuela Bolivia Saturday Spanish School at Claremont Elementary School.
Later that afternoon, we invite you to help us celebrate the fall 2013 class of Emerging Leaders at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA from 12:30pm-3pm. Among other great workshops this fall, we have had the opportunity to visit Catholic University in Washington, DC, heard the stories of accomplished guest speakers at our career panels, and we held a car wash and food drive fundraiser where our students raised over $400 in monetary donations and non-perishable food items that benefitted AFAC and A-SPAN.
Edu-Futuro sends you our most sincere appreciation for the support that has helped make all of this possible!
Edu-Futuro is proud to announce the appointment of Daniel Sarmiento as our new Executive Director. “Daniel was unanimously selected to lead our organization," said Edu-Futuro’s Board President Dr. Rosa Briceño. “He brings a rich experience working nationally with educational programs to empower Latino youth, a spirit of servant leadership, and a strong commitment to social justice. We are confident that Daniel will help take Edu-Futuro to the next level, so we can continue to grow and impact our community."
“I am delighted to be joining Edu-Futuro as Executive Director,” Sarmiento said. “I have enjoyed partnering with Edu-Futuro in the past to empower youth in our community and I’m very excited to now be leading this dynamic organization. We have the chance to continue building on the great work that has been done before and expand our reach to touch more of the Latino community.”
Mr. Sarmiento has dedicated his life's work to helping youth become leaders through his work in ministry, as a youth pastor and most recently by directing college empowerment programs throughout the country for the Hispanic College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. He is passionate about empowering students and parents to succeed via the power of information, mentorship and education. Daniel received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is the son of Mexican immigrants, was born in Denver, CO and currently resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and two small children.
In other news
On Saturday, August 3, 2013 we graduated our summer 2013 class of the Emerging Leaders Program in a joint ceremony of 28 students grades 8 through 12 from our Arlington and Falls Church program sites. The graduation was held at the Arlington Central Library with a very special keynote speech delivered by our former Executive Director, Eneida Alcalde. Ms. Alcalde continues to support Edu-Futuro in her new role as President of Elevate, a firm designed to provide fundraising and management assistance to non-profit organizations. Thanks to your support, we were able to award six scholarships to our youth.
August also marked the end of the term of service for our three AmeriCorps members. For one year, Carla Cassidy, Isela Melendez-Carpio, and Jack Waas each served as full-time AmeriCorps staff members with Edu-Futuro. We are immensely thankful for their integral roles in our language and leadership programs and we look forward to welcoming three new AmeriCorps members this fall.
Spanish Academy, our annual two-week Spanish immersion summer camp held at St. George’s Church in Arlington, VA was another one of our summer successes. We were able to provide this summer enrichment program to 31 kindergarten through 5th grade students. We will launch our fall 2013 semester of the Escuela Bolivia, our Saturday language school, on September 14, 2013 to continue providing academic enrichment classes during the school year to both children and adults. Check out our new video to learn more about Escuela Bolivia.
Edu-Futuro is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at its annual gala and talent show, Reach for the Stars! The talent show will feature immigrant youth who are graduates of our programs who embody our education-focused mission. Some of the students are in secondary school while others are in college or are recent college graduates. In the spirit of Edu-Futuro’s mission, and thanks to the generous donations from our supporters, the first, second, and third place winning performances will receive college scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively.
Talent show contestants include last year’s grand prize winner, Ryan Huaman, a dancer who is a 9th grade student at Yorktown High School. Other acts include Diana Calderon, a singer from Williamsburg Middle School, and Carlos and Mayra Flores-Valverde, a brother and sister dance team who are graduates of Wakefield High School. Other acts include Josie Cuellar from Annandale High School, Rebeca Orellana and Lorena Villarroel from Washington-Lee High School and Annandale High School respectively, and Hareth Andrade-Ayala a recent graduate of Northern Virginia Community College.
While in high school, Hareth was involved with Edu-Futuro for several years through its college prep and leadership development initiative, the Emerging Leaders Program. She continues to stay involved with Edu-Futuro as a volunteer and shares, “Edu-Futuro provided me with caring mentors who helped me cultivate my leadership potential. Edu-Futuro believes in me and my dreams, and remains a pillar of support to this day for me and my family.”
The gala will also feature a silent auction with decorative items from around the world and a live auction that will include lithographs from the famous Bolivian artist Roberto Mamani Mamani and a Caribbean vacation. Reach for the Stars! will be held at the Artisphere located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. The doors will open at 6:00pm and complimentary parking will be available for guests. To learn more and to purchase tickets for the gala, please visit the organization’s event website at www.edu-futuro.org/talentshow.
On Saturday, April 20, 2013 we graduated our spring 2013 class of the Emerging Leaders Program, which consisted of 22 students grades 8 through 12 from both our Arlington and Falls Church program sites. The graduation ceremony was held at Arlington Central Library where we were able to award six college scholarships thanks to your support!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of our flagship program, the Escuela Bolivia Program. On Saturday, May 18, 2013 we celebrated the end of the 2012-2013 school year with a beautiful closing ceremony at Claremont Elementary School. Each class showcased the language skills and cultural knowledge that they developed over the course of the year with a song or dance from a Latin American country. Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, Chair of the Arlington Public Schools Board, attended the event as our guest. She was one of the founding members of Escuela Bolivia and through the years has remained supportive of our language and academic enrichment efforts.
Each year, Deloitte staff members set aside their office duties for the day to volunteer in their community as part of a worldwide initiative called IMPACT Day. On Friday, June 7, 2013 a team of Deloitte consultants will be providing graduates of the Emerging Leaders Program with a series of professional development workshops geared toward high school students, college students, and recent college graduates at their Rosslyn offices. Participants will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one and in groups with Deloitte professionals from diverse educational, career, and cultural backgrounds during this special opportunity.
The Emerging Leaders Program will be launching its summer 2013 session at the end of June. This semester we’ve got a lot of exciting activities and events planned for both our Arlington and Falls Church sites, including college visits to several Virginia universities and Steps for College Success, an all-day conference consisting of a college fair and breakout workshops for both students and parents organized by ELP graduates!
Miss Ambar Pinto Gomez made history earlier this month as one of the first undocumented immigrants to be invited to the President’s annual State of the Union address. Miss Pinto is a graduate of Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), a college prep and leadership development initiative for Latino youth.
Miss Pinto, of Mexican and Bolivian heritage, arrived in the United States at the age of 12 and soon after joined ELP during her freshman year of high school as an ESL student. Miss Pinto participated in the program throughout her high school years and eventually became Edu-Futuro’s first youth Board member in 2009, a position she holds to this day.
“It is an honor to represent individuals and families who will benefit from immigration reform,” Miss Pinto said. “My dream has always been to contribute to the success of my home, the United States. Immigration reform will afford me this opportunity. I am grateful to everyone who has supported my dreams and I thank Senator Mark Warner for inviting me to be his special guest at the State of the Union.”
Miss Pinto is involved in a variety of organizations that support immigrant rights. This includes Dreamers of Virginia, an organization dedicated to educating the community and advocating for immigrant youth in Virginia. Miss Pinto is currently pursuing a business degree at Northern Virginia Community College.
What else have we been up to?
On January 23, 2013, Edu-Futuro held an ELP social for the program’s volunteers and mentors. This “Friendraiser” was designed to inspire and motivate our current volunteers and to recruit new ones. We had a great turnout for the event and as a result gained 16 prospective mentors for the program! The Hon. Walter Tejada, Chair of the Arlington County Board, was our guest speaker; Dr. Emma Violand-Sanchez, Chair of the Arlington Public Schools Board also attended the event at Guarapo Lounge.
Edu-Futuro organized a community forum for Latino parents in partnership with Arlington Public Schools on February 2, 2013. The forum was held at our Escuela Bolivia Program and was delivered to inform Latino parents about the 2014 School Year budget and to give them the opportunity to voice their feedback. The Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools (APS), Dr. Patrick Murphy attended the forum as did APS School Board Member James Lander. As a result, 28 Latino parents shared their opinions and are better informed about this important process.
Important upcoming events
The Emerging Leaders Program will be launching its spring 2013 session in early March. This semester we have a lot of exciting activities and events planned for both our Arlington and Falls Church program sites, including a trip to Richmond, Virginia for a campus tour of Virginia Commonwealth University. We hope to see you at our ELP graduation that will be held at the Arlington Central Library on Saturday, April 20th from 1:30pm-4pm. At this event, we will be awarding college scholarships to our students thanks to your support!
Save the date! Join us for our annual Talent Show and Gala on Wednesday, May 8th at the Artisphere in Rosslyn to celebrate our 15th year anniversary! We are currently looking for host committee members; these individuals will be listed in event materials and will be recognized at the event. Responsibilities include helping us recruit individuals to our event and helping us secure sponsorships. If you are interested in learning more about our event or joining our host committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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