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Latinx students and families invited to Salir Adelante
Jan. 30, 2023 12:15 am
MT. PLEASANT—Iowa State Extension Office of Henry County invites local Latinx students to attend ¡Salir Adelante! Pathways for our Future this February and March.
According to program facilitator Kelly Waters, it is a “six-week program for Latinx students from seventh to 12th grade to come with their family to build community and start figuring out what things can be done in high school for their futures.
The program helps prepare students to succeed in high school, reach educational goals, decide on careers or colleges, find ways to pay for college or other training and strengthen communication with family.
According to Waters, the program will even help students and families learn how to begin exploring different career, trade, internship, and college possibilities so students have a better idea of what they might like to do with their futures.
“We help explain how it works and make sure everyone is on the same page,” Waters said.
Additionally, every session starts with a meal as well as childcare.
“We want to provide child care for younger siblings so it can be something the whole family can do,” she said.
ISU Extension will offer classes in English and Spanish thanks to co-facilitator Irais Lopez.
Lopez is in an AmeriCorps position with Iowa Wesleyan. She is also a first generation bi-lingual college student.
Waters believes Lopez, “can provide some insight,” from her first-hand experiences.
To participate families need to register by Feb 1 on the Extension’s website or call the extension off at (319) 385-8126 for assistance getting registered.
Classes are Tuesdays from Feb. 7-March 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the extension office in Mt. Pleasant.
Registration is online, but they can call the office if they need assistance walking through it.