Education Program for Latina HS Students
The below is a letter to our principal.
Ms. Huitt has approved this program for participation by SEM students.
My name is Judith Guzman and I am currently chairing the Education Program of the Dallas Chapter of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT). We have been working with Latina students since the inception of our program in 1989. Our education program, called Education Series Seminar/Latinas in Progress, consists of holding various sessions at local colleges and universities where the participating students (9-12 graders) will receive a tour of the campus, a presentation by the hosting college/university’s admissions personnel and their financial aid office personnel. The students also participate in a variety of workshops ranging from career panels, financial literacy, social media etiquette, as well as others that promote self-development and self-esteem. Students also have the opportunity to have a mentor who is a Latina professional in the DFW area. Participating seniors are able to apply for scholarships awarded by HWNT Dallas Chapter. I am attaching a copy of our partnership packet which provides more details of our program for your review and contains the timeline of our program for the 2013/2014 school year.
In the last four years, we have collaborated with Education is Freedom (EIF), our community partner, who has assisted us with the recruitment of students from DISD. In previous years, EIF would organize a meeting with students and our representatives would attend the meeting and present our program to the students and provide application packets to the students if they were interested in participating. The reason I am contacting you today is due to the fact that I was informed that this year there have been some changes to the relationship existing between EIF and DISD. One of these changes currently requires EIF personnel to obtain a directive or approval of the principal of the school in actions taken by EIF within a school.
I would like to ask you to grant EIF permission to have our representatives come to your school and present our program to your students so that they may apply if they so desire. Please keep in mind that our timeline requires a swift response on your part due to the fact that the student applications are due by September 30 but we are willing to extend that deadline to October 4. The first seminar of our program will be held on October 19 at Brookhaven Community College and the second seminar is scheduled for November 16 at UT Dallas.
We are excited to announce confirmation of the following schools who have agreed to host the Education Seminar Series this school year:
Saturday, October 19, 2013 - Brookhaven Community College
Saturday, November 16, 2013 – UT Dallas
Saturday, March 1, 2014 – Texas A&M Commerce
Worksite visit, Date TBD - Medical Field Careers
Worksite visit, Date TBD – Criminal Justice Careers
We have had many students from the various high schools located within the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center participate in our program in years past and we are looking forward to having your students participate in our program again this year! In fact, last year we had 22 students from the various high schools located at the Y.A.E. Townview Center participate in our program. Last year the following students from your schools received scholarships:
- Mayra Garcia from School of Business and Management who received a $500 scholarship.
- Alejandra Lopez from School of Health Professions who received a $500 scholarship.
- Angelica Cortes from the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet who received a $500 scholarship.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
HWNT Dallas Chapter
Dallas Litigation Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLPAttorneys at Law
2323 Bryan Street, Ste 1600 Dallas, TX 75201
Main: (214) 880-0089 Fax: (214) 754-7167