University of South Florida to hold workshop for Spanish-speaking students
SARASOTA -- UnidosNow will hold a summer workshop next week at USF Sarasota-Manatee to prepare Hispanic students for college, get parents used the idea of having a child away and to help teens and their parents make the right educational choices.
"I want them to dream big," Catalina Kaiyoorawongs, associate executive director at UnidosNow, a nonprofit that acts as a link between the Hispanic community in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the resources that serve the community, said in a statement.
"I want them to think about attending the top schools in the country, if that is right for them."
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Hispanic students often face barriers to secondary education, according to officials. Economic factors sometimes play a role. Some students struggle with low self-esteem and mistakenly view college as unattainable. Others are hampered by transportation. Rather than participate in extra-curricular activities after school to strengthen their college applications, they're forced to return home, in some cases to look after younger siblings, according to officials.
The workshop is titled the Future Leaders Academy (FLA). It's set to run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 6 to Aug. 14.
USF Sarasota-Manatee, a UnidosNow partner, is hosting the event for the third consecutive year. Last year's academy drew 45 students, plus numerous parents and siblings for the family engagement sessions.
To learn more about UnidosNow and its programs, visit UnidosNow.org.
For more about educational opportunities at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, visit USFSM.edu.
-- Herald staff report