UnidosNow has started a new program in McIntosh Middle School thanks to the support of United Way Suncoast. We will provide middle-to-top performers with the tools they need to start thinking about going to college as they transition to middle school.
We will also offer workshops for students and parents on how to select colleges, learn about financial aid and scholarships, and some other tools to assist them in planning for higher education.
Jonathan Barroso, Future Leaders Academy scholar and a sophomore at Sarasota Military Academy, spent his Christmas holidays working at our office. He was of great help, assisting with computer set-up and connecting and testing printers, scanners, and phones. Thanks to Jonathan, UnidosNow has better internet access and connectivity. He also helped the team organize the office and re-arrange furniture.
Furthermore, since the team organized the office and re-arranged furniture while Jonathan was on site, he helped with this task as well.
Jonathan has already taken on several leadership roles at UnidosNow, and regularly gives back to the community. Thank you, Jonathan, for your invaluable help!
Thanks to our invaluable partners, our Local College Access Networks* (LCANs) in Sarasota and Manatee, the number of seniors who complete FAFSA is increasing due to the workshops and labs offered at the high schools of both counties.
LCAN partners in Sarasota comprise: United Way Suncoast, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CareerEdge, and the Sarasota Education Foundation. LCAN partners in Manatee comprise: Manatee Community Foundation, United Way of Manatee, The School District of Manatee, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Manatee Technical College, Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, and CareerEdge.
Officers of the UnidosNow Club at Manatee High School gave their first presentation about Financial Aid and FAFSA to their peers. The school Club has prepared a curriculum to deliver during the school year, including topics such as the steps to follow to select college, how to pay for college and how to succeed in college. Meetings are twice per month at Mrs. Williams classroom 8-130. Join the UnidosNow Club!
On Thursday, January 26th, students of the UnidosNow Club, financial aid officers from the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida and Keiser University, and other volunteers were helping families to fill out their FAFSA at Braden River High School. The organization and welcoming of Braden River staff was excellent, and through this FAFSA workshop we guided students to get financial aid to go to college.
Photography by Karen Arango.
This new year has started very happily for our Future Leaders Academy students: they are already receiving their letters of acceptance, and we couldn’t be any prouder. Way to go, guys! Congratulations!
UnidosNow’s Board of Directors Chair, Kelly Kirschner, received the Unity Award in the Education category this year, because he “sees education as the ticket to self-improvement, productivity and democracy.” Read the full article from Biz941 here.
The award was received by Executive Director, Luz Corcuera, on Tuesday, January 24th, at the Unity Awards event at Michael’s On East. Corcuera gave a heartfelt speech, having in mind all of our Future Leaders Academy Scholars:
“Education is a basic right for everyone, but it is also a responsibility that the community has to take at heart. We are all responsible for our children’s education and we must look at them as ‘our’ children.
Kelly understood this early on and during his studies at Georgetown University and his involvement with the Peace Corps, he immersed himself in the richness of the culture and the language of the people of Guatemala. During his tenure as a Mayor of Sarasota, he realized very quickly that the Latino community was the fastest growing group in Sarasota-Manatee and had the vision to create UnidosNow as the center to empower Latinos in Sarasota and Manatee to achieve the American Dream.
It is now up to all of us to continue promoting education in an environment that fosters love, kindness, and hope. We celebrate the Unity Awards and the inspiring people they honor today because of their contributions to continue to make America the great country it is with its rich diversity.”
We look forward to having you as part of our Future Leaders Academy. Please apply below: