SFHS Students Participate in HOPE Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Helen Kantor
Los Angeles Education Partnership
(213) 622-5237 x 274
hkantor@laep.org

Four San Fernando High School Students Participate in Hispanics Organized for Political Equality Program

LOS ANGELES (June 2011) – Out of eight high schools statewide, San Fernando High School was the only school selected in Southern California to participate in HOPE YLTLP, Hispanics Organized for Political Equality Youth Leadership Through Literacy Program. The program targets student who are first generation Latina college goers with average academics but exceptional leadership potential. Students from San Fernando HS include Daisy Lucas, Andrea Reynoso, Alejandra Martinez, and Kathy Perez who participated in the program.

These students attended several Latina Youth Leadership conferences during the spring semester, including a career day at ABC7 Studios, hosted by Diane Medina, Director of Diversity Programs at Disney (and an alumna of SFHS). At ABC7, students attended a career panel with several prominent Latinas from various Disney departments, toured the studio, and watched the 4pm news filmed from backstage. The students also attended Latina History Day at the Biltmore, participating in history, financial and domestic violence workshops before networking with accomplished Latinas and Latinos, including Mayor Villaraigosa and actress Eva Longoria of Desperate Housewives.

After attending Latina History Day, SFHS students surveyed senior Latinas on issues around access to health care, education and teen pregnancy. They compiled the data and used it to form recommendations for their peers, community and representatives, and presented their findings a youth forum in Sacramento before advocating for their concerns with Assemblymembers Filipe Fuentes and Senator Padilla (both SFHS Alumni) at the Capitol.

On June 17, at CSU San Bernardino, these students will participate in a personalized college counseling session and parent culmination ceremony.

Christine Zgradic, lead teacher for the Social Justice Academy, and Stephanie Marron, Community School Coordinator, have served as advisors the students throughout the program, working in partnership with the Office of Senator Padilla, Project GRAD, and Los Angeles Education Partnership.

About Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP)
Los Angeles Education Partnership’s mission is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement by partnering with educators, parents and the community. Founded in 1984, LAEP became the first educational-transformation organization in Los Angeles and among those at the forefront of the movement nationwide. LAEP focuses efforts on creating more effective teaching and learning environments in small schools, connecting parents and communities to schools to overcome learning barriers, and disseminating best practices and what they have learned from their work. Each year, LAEP serves more than 1,600 educators and 80,000 students from prekindergarten through high school in high-poverty, multicultural communities across Los Angeles County. For more information about LAEP, please visit www.laep.org.

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