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Interships available

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

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Are you a high school senior or college student looking for an internship? Get involved with the Latinos in College initiative!

I have recently helped launch this nationwide public awareness campaign to help increase the number of Latinos/Hispanics who graduate from college. Yes, it’s not just about getting into a university but graduating with a four year degree. And although right now there are opportunities out there for people with great technical skills and lots of experience, keep in mind that the unemployment rate for people without a college degree is three times higher than for people with a college degree.

So, here’s a great opportunity: Latinos in College is looking for interns to help us with Internet marketing. What does it mean? That you’ll be using Internet tools to make other students aware of our initiative and website. You’ll be using Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and all the other Social Networking sites to drive traffic to our site.

We are looking for a team of committed students. Here’s how you’ll benefit:

  • You’ll be in touch with experts in various industries who can open doors for you now and in the future
  • You’ll gain experience in a critical field that will give you an edge when you look for a job
  • You’ll have a wonderful internship experience to add to your resume
  • You’ll be in touch with other students with a Latino background who can support you in your own path to college

    We are looking for people who:

  • Are high school seniors, college students and recent college grads
  • Are very well versed in Social Networking tools and on how the Internet works
  • Are motivated, self directed and enthusiastic about education
  • Are interested in developing their leadership skills
  • Are interested in helping other Hispanic students

    Although this is an unpaid internship, you may be able to get college credits for it. Check with your school.

    If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting initiative, contact us today at: mariela@latinosincollege.com

  • How to write a scholarship essay

    Saturday, April 18th, 2009

    As one of the judges for the RMHC/HACER national scholarship I have the opportunity to read a lot of student essays. Considering that we are talking about 4 scholarships of a $100,000 each, you would expect students to put their best efforts into writing a fantastic essay. Well, unfortunately this is not always the case and students who would be perfect to win this huge award miss out on the opportunity.

    I’m not going to focus here on what you need to do during high school to actually qualify for a scholarship, (I’ve written plenty about that in other posts) but on how to write your essay once you have what it takes.

  • Consider each scholarship application separately from others so you can understand what the goal of the scholarship is. Does it focus on a specific area of study? Does it focus on leadership skills? Or on community involvement? Once you identify what aspect the scholarship donors wish to reward, you’ll be better able to choose the topic and focus of your essay.
  • Think about a topic that corresponds to what the scholarship is interested in. In the RMHC/HACER case, the emphasis is on community involvement, so in your essay you should talk about how you have been involved in your community and how you plan to continue having an impact in the future.
  • Write the essay and re-write it until it sounds good to you. It should be a compelling story about you that lets readers know what kind of person you are, where you want to go in life, what kind of impact others had on you, what kind of leader you will be, how you have overcame adversity, etc. Judges don’t want to read “a list” of things you’ve accomplished but how those things define you as a person; they don’t want to read a sad story but how that sad story has made you stronger or has helped you make a certain decision for the future. They don’t want to read your ramblings about your heritage but how that heritage has helped you commit to do something for your community in the future.
  • Ask your English teacher, or an English speaker who is a professional to review your essay and give you feedback. Ask them to help you with your grammar and spelling. It is inadmissible that having time to have someone review an essay that could help you get money for college, you don’t so.
  • Re-write your essay until is perfect. Make sure that if you are using this essay again for another scholarship application, you go through step one again: carefully read the requirements for that award so that you adapt the essay to the program.

    These simple steps should substantially increase your chances of getting lots of money for school!

  • Student leaders at Yale University

    Saturday, February 28th, 2009

    I was up at Yale University in New Haven today, presenting to a group of students members of the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA).

    The focus of my keynote presentation was leadership so I went over some things students can do while in college to develop their leadership edge. My first recommendation to them was that they should identify their passion and talents and what skills and knowledge they are acquiring in school. Combining all these aspects is what will help them achieve success in whatever it is they decide to do.

    It was fascinating to see how interested students were in getting involved with professional and other non profit organizations and in giving back to the community, two great ways to hone their leadership skills. Although many of them were already engaged in several extra curricular activities, they were interested in getting more information about a program that I have developed for McDonald’s to provide workshops for parents of high school students that help them understand how to support their kids’ path to college.

    It’s an ideal situation for college students to present to parents as they are an inspiration and a role model for their children. They can share their own personal stories as they conduct the workshop. And the truth is, this is a service oriented generation, looking for ways to make a difference. So, it would be a shame to waste all that energy, talent and willingness to help!

    So, here’s the website where you too can download my workshop program for free: www.meencanta.com. Go to the “Becas” section and you will see the Facilitator’s guide and the Videos. They are both available in Spanish and English. Study the program, follow the directions and then contact your local high school to set up a workshop day.

    In this difficult economy, schools can use a hand!

    Obama’s education promise

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    If you missed this part of the president’s speech on February 24th, here it is! I’m excited that the campaign I just launched Latinos in College: Preparing Emerging Leaders for the Workforce is perfectly aligned with his view and where the efforts in education will be made! Let’s all be a part of this historical movement.

    Free workshops for parents of students going to middle school

    Monday, February 23rd, 2009

    Learning Leaders www.learningleaders.org is offering a wonderful series of free workshops for parents of 5th graders on making the transition to middle school called: How Can I Help My Child in Middle School?

    These workshops are made possible by the generous support of New York City Council. They will take place in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan every week in March.

    All workshops are from 10 Am to Noon. Here are the topic and dates:

    1 Help! My Child is Going to Middle School!
    Learn what middle schools are like and how you can help your child make the transition.

    2 Help! My Child is Almost a Teenager!
    Learn about changes during adolescence and how to communicate with your child.

    3 Middle School Academics: How Can I Help?
    Learn about skills and knowledge children must acquire in 6th grade to do well in middle and high school.

    4 I Want to Go Back to School! Help?
    Learn about opportunities to go to college, get a GED, take ESL classes and/or learn computer programs.

    BROOKLYN
    Brooklyn College
    East 27th Street & Campus Road
    Student Center, 6th floor

    Monday, March 2– Workshop 1
    Monday, March 9– Workshop 2
    Monday, March 16– Workshop 3
    Monday, March 23– Workshop 4

    Saint Francis College
    180 Remsen Street, btw Court & Clinton Streets
    1 block from Borough Hall, Brooklyn
    Wednesday, March 4– Workshop 1
    Tuesday, March 10– Workshop 2
    Tuesday, March 17– Workshop 3
    Tuesday, March 24 — Workshop 4

    BRONX
    Bronx Library Center
    310 East Kingsbridge Road
    at Briggs Avenue

    Friday, March 6– Workshop 1
    Friday, March 13– Workshop 2
    Friday, March 20– Workshop 3
    Friday, March 27– Workshop 4

    MANHATTAN
    Learning Leaders office
    80 Maiden Lane, 11th floor
    Between William and Pine in lower Manhattan

    Thursday, March 5– Workshop 1
    Wednesday, March 11– Workshop 2
    Thursday, March 26– Workshop 3
    Tuesday, March 31– Workshop 4

    To register for one or more of these workshops, email RSVP@LearningLeaders.org or call 646-519-8356. Please include your name, telephone number, borough, school and the date of the workshop(s) you want to attend. Your message will confirm your reservation.

    Don’t miss them!

    Parent program available to you for free

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Hey, I just wanted to share with you that McDonald’s has made available online for free the program that I developed for them called:
    Help your Children Succeed in High School and Go to College.http://www.meencanta.com:80/hacer/guide_for_parents_and_educators.html

    The idea is to allow people across the country to conduct parent workshops to help parents of high school students learn what they should do while their kids are in school to make sure they make it to college. There are four videos that are actually four modules of the same program:

    • Participating in your child’s high school experience
    • Finding mentors
    • The importance of community service and internships
    • Searching for and getting scholarships

    And there is a Facilitator’s guide that you can download. The best thing is that everything is available in Spanish and in English.

    You don’t need to be an expert on parent involvement to implement this program. Just study the facilitator’s guide, watch the videos and you’ll be on your way to creating great workshops that will increase the parent participation at your school.

    Scholarships for adults

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    Going back to school? Great! Make sure you watch this quick video to learn about opportunities for you as an adult to get free money!

    A key website for adults to find scholarships: http://www.jkcf.org

    Latinos and Computers

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

      I’m just back from Chicago where I presented the last workshop of the RMHC/HACER series in five cities throughout the country. It was another very successful event with close to 800 participants.

    We had around 300 parents in my Spanish workshop and around 60 in the English one. And even though the program took place at Benito Juárez High School people came from many different high schools in the area.

    I talked about what parents could do while their kids are in high school to make sure they get into college. One aspect that I feel needs to be addressed very seriously is the importance of buying a computer for your home. Most Latino households have more than one TV and many have a high end flat screen TV. However, they don’t have a much more needed tool for students to succeed in today’s education environment: a computer.

    Computers are not only crucial for students to do research and be up to date with technology, but it’s key for parents to understand what their children are doing online, and to support them in searching for scholarships and colleges and to get other information. There are great resources available on the net that both parents and students miss out on because they don’t have a computer at home.

    Setting priorities straight will help you and your loved ones get ahead. Forget the expensive sneakers or the truck you don’t need. Invest that money in a computer. It’s one of the best ways to show your children that education is important for you.

    Leonardo Da Vinci, an old, new genius

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    If you live in California, you have to make it to San Jose’s Tech Museum of Innovation to see the “Leonardo, 500 Years into the Future exhibit” which is, in reality, two exhibitions put together for the first time: the Mind of Leonardo and the Renaissance Engineers.

    If you thought you new that Leonardo Da Vinci was a genious, you are in for a surprise. He was an INCREDIBLE genious! An artist, scientist, engineer and inventor who was interested in anatomy, in the hability of men to fly, in inventing all sorts of machines, in water, in art…

    The 200 artifacts that are part of this exhibit spread over 30,000 square feet. You’ll see Leonardo’s drawings on the wall next to the wooden models built from those sketches. From the first model of what a flying human would look like, to the majestic Sforza horse that welcomes you at the entrance of the museum, you’ll be in awe of the variety and ingenuity of these creations.

    Leonardo lived in the late 1400s and early 1500s and he was the quintaescencial Renaissance Man. A time of great inventions and progress that followed the darkness of the Middle Ages. Very likely, this spurr of creativity was also in part a response of the Bubonic plague that had killed half of the population in Europe and made the other half think that maybe it was time to live for the present life and not only for the after life.

    I walked away from the museum wondering if we are now at a crossroads similar to the one faced by people like Leonardo during the Renaissance period. Will this financial and environmental crisis help us show the best part of ourselves? Will it force us to come up with new priorities and ways in which we can get back on our feet and save our ailing planet?

    My guess, and hope is that there will be an explosion of creativity as people try to redifine themselves and their priorities. As we all realize that we can solve our problems by thinking outside the box rather than by keep on doing what we’ve been doing.

    Funny, as I posted the picture above, I realized that the museum is on South Market street… so the connection with the exhibition and the current market situation, was apparently out there, not just in my head…

    Volunteers Needed

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    I recently attended the annual conference of the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Initiative of Junior Achievement Worldwide www.ja.org, held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    This wonderful initiative currently in place in seven sites (Northern California, Southern California, Chicago, New York, Albuquerque, Atlanta, and Denver) hopes to reach more Hispanic students on the key issues that Junior Achievement promotes: financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills and workforce readiness through experiential, hands-on activities. All areas that are crucial for the future success of our children.

    This is a great opportunity for the Hispanic community to support education and be role models for our youth by volunteering to teach the program in classrooms from K-12. You will get a two hour training, a kit of materials and lots of support from JA to make your participation a success.

    It’s ideal for professionals, retired people, homemakers, college students, entrepreneurs and anybody who wishes to make an impact on young students. The organization will work with your schedule so that you may volunteer when it’s most convenient.

    A lot of us grew up in countries where volunteering is not part of our culture. But as I said in other posts, it’s as American as apple pie, and we need to step forward and invest our time in organizations that are creating a path to success for our youngsters.