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Mock Admissions and Visit to New College

To be fully ready for what’s ahead, New College has helped the Future Leaders Academy to work on case studies and have a mock college interview. They also toured the campus, and met with students who shared what campus life is like and tips to succeed in college. All of them truly enjoyed the visit and shared this with us:

“I would consider attending New College because the campus made me feel secure and comfortable and it’s not a big as other colleges, so classes won’t be hard to understand.”

“I thought it was a fun and productive day. It gave me a feel of what being on a college campus is like.”

“It was pleasant. I learned a lot about college applications as well as colleges themselves. I also learned how dorms worked, as I previously had no idea about.”

“Great, I was able to get the feel of what I should do for the next two years to improve my transcript to show that I desire to go to this college from all the others.”

“My overall experience today very helpful in learning the important parts of the college admissions process.”

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ACT Mock Test

A key component of the Future Leaders Academy is to provide our students with the tools to prepare them to succeed, reason why we mocked an ACT test.

The ACT mock test was proctored and the kids took their ACT with real example tests, and they were timed. It took place at New College and the purpose was to have a baseline, so that they could improve their scores with the ACT classes offered during the Rising Seniors program.

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Our Students Visit Sun Hydraulics & The Ritz-Carlton

On July 14th, the Future Leaders Summer Academy students had the opportunity of visiting both Sun Hydraulics and The Ritz-Carlton. These visits were very important to them, as they opened up their minds about new career paths, but also how careers that they may be thinking of can apply to different size corporations.

Sun Hydraulics

Thanks to Greg Glass from Sun Hydraulics, we coordinated this visit for our students. The group was divided in teams of 2 to 3 to visit the plant, which allowed them to learn and see more of their operation. These are some of the comments of our scholars after the tour:

  • Omar Urbina, Rising junior: “It was interesting observing how all of the machines worked to make a product.”
  • Osciel Urbina, Rising junior “If i didn’t do music, I would really consider working here because of the different opportunities this company has”.
  • Adrian Martinez, Rising junior: “Overall I was surprised and amazed by the tour today as I was able to be exposed more to the career of Engineering.”

The team of engineers were amazing with our students, so we couldn’t be more grateful for their time and insights.

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The Ritz-Carlton

This visit was possible thanks to Haley Wulliman-Gomes from The Ritz-Carlton, and Lynn is a trainer from corporate office that was there to join Haley on the tour with our FLA Summer Academy students.

Lynn talked to the kids about the training The Ritz-Carlton gives to their employees and outside companies on how to stand out from the rest. She related to our scholars in explaining how this could be implemented in their daily lives, on how schools are looking for the students that stand out from the rest in a positive way.

Matt, the Human Resource Director, talked to the kids about his personal experience. He started school aiming for a music major and discover that he wanted music to be his hobby and not his career. He switched to Business and realized that Human Resources was his true passion.

Overall the kids had an amazing time discovering all the different opportunities they have, and that this is all about finding their passion.

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The Future Leaders Academy at the Mote Marine and Science Labs

This year Future Leaders Summer Academy is filled with students interested in sciences, reason why we have been very lucky to count on Dr. Telang, Dr. Santa Maria and Dr. Penn, who inspired our students, both in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Santa Maria and Dr. Penn to provide these students with a unique experience and inspire them to pursue a career in the science field, helping our young people to find their passion and their interests hands on!

The passion for science and teaching of these doctors made our students more interested in the field, and they also shared with them their personal experiences and give them advice on the college admission process.

After the sessions at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and the labs at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, our the students share their thoughts:

“My overall experience was great, especially learning about the pH levels of acids and bases from real environment samples”

“Today was a really cool way to experiment and get a feel of what biology and chemistry are all about. My favorite moment was when we did an experiment about pH levels”

“I had a great day I was able to enjoying it I saw many different things that I never experienced before, and Dr. Santa Maria also helped with telling what classes I should take in high school and even later on in college”

“I had a lot of fun today and I learned about the fascinating sea life there is. My favorite moment was going out to the dock and catching plankton and other cool things”

“I have always wanted to go into science even before this experience, specifically in the medical field. This experience made me question if i want to minor in biology or some type of research”

Our Executive Director, Luz Corcuera, showed her gratitude saying: “We appreciate the unique opportunity for these young women and men to have hands on at such a special place”.

Here at UnidosNow we are so happy to see so many young people being inspired to go into sciences. Our future is in great hands!

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Business Etiquette Class at the Future Leaders Summer Academy

At the Future Leaders Summer Academy we strive to provide all the tools available to make the best possible versions of our students.  Last week, Patty Persson, retired certified international etiquette consultant who believes in giving back to the community, accompanied us to teach our scholars about business etiquette.

Person conducted this segment to focus on interviewing skills and how to dress up for different occasions. The students came prepared for this class, and they all dressed professionally and practiced business etiquette during this session.

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Career Panel at the Future Leaders Academy

On Thursday, July 14th, the students and parents of the Future Leaders Academy enjoyed an exceptional career panel at the Selby Auditorium of the University of South Florida.

Inspiring professionals in Sarasota and Manatee counties shared their career journey and their passion: Kelly Rodenas, Attorney at Law; Mireya Eavey, President United Way of the Suncoast, Sarasota; Dr. Xavier Sevilla, Physician; Neil Comber, Corporate America Executive; and Martha Lopez, Musician.

The parents and scholars participation during the workshop was outstanding, and they came out of it with a new perspective on careers and how to follow your passion.

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