l to r: Yurizel’s mom, Mrs. Luviano receiving funds from CAHT for Yurizel’s schooling. Robbie Chaplin, CAHT Volunteer mentor and board member, student Yurizel Luviano, Mary Ellen Welton Barragan, Beth El Outreach Coordinator and Mrs. Luviano, Yurizel’s mom
Beth El’s Steps Up for Success scholarship program received a financial boost for one of their scholarship students, Yurizel Luviano, from CAHT. Yurizel is attending Manatee Community College’s Dental Technician program this fall. CAHT provides mentoring services as well as funding to help Yurizel achieve her career goal. “Migrant families are hard-working and vital members in our community, but they often struggle with the basic needs that we take for granted – keeping our children safe, decent wages, food, housing, and finding opportunities to learn new skills, training and/or education for their children’s futures. CAHT tries to support our struggling teens and their families as they are more vulnerable to becoming victims of human trafficking and related domestic violence issues.” CAHT and Beth El are partners in supporting our migrant farmer’s community in the Wimauma and Ruskin areas.
CAHT Donates Funds to the Pasos al Futuro Program at Lennard High School
“Education is the greatest weapon you can use to change the world,” or “ La educcacion es el arma mas poderosa que puedes usar para cambiar el mundo,” quoted Nelsan Mandela. This famous statement is one of the guiding missions of Hillsborough County Public School’s Pasos al Futuro Program that encourages Hispanic students to seek further education opportunities once they complete their high school degree. Eliatne Arodna, a Lennard High School student, is one of the program’s ambassadors and received a scholarship from CAHT, which she will use to begin her studies at Hillsborough Community College this summer. Ms. Arodna is from Cuba and plans to complete her education at USF. The Pasos al Futuro program has impacted over 11,000 Spanish speaking students enrolled in Hillsborough County. “It is because of collaboration between our schools and area nonprofits, like ours, that we can assist these deserving students in helping them achieve their life-long dreams for a better education,” says Annie Garrison, CAHT President.
Eliatne Arodna received her scholarship certificate as well as a gift bag of well wishes from District Bilingual School Counselors, Eveleen Garcia, Monica Gilman, and Tania Marrero-Ganzalez, and Miriam King, Lennard High School’s College and Career Guidance Counselor, and CAHT president Annie Garrison.
Photo: l to r – HCPS Pasos al Futuro Coordinator Eveleen S. Garcia, CAHT President Annie Garrison, Student Eliatne Arodna, HSPC Bilingual Counselors Monica Gilman and Tania Marrero-Ganzaelez.
Lennard HS scholarship winners, funded by CAHT:
Jolly La’Diaza of Wimauma and Iris Mojica of Ruskin. Both outstanding seniors.
Jim McDermott and Robbie Chaplin were on the scholarship interviewing committee, headed by Elaine Palach. Elaine and Jim are presenting the award and checks to the winners at Lennard HS Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony held April 29th. Board members Debbie Petrocelli, Bonnie Doll, Ann Fenimore and Annie Garrison also attended the ceremony.