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¡La Chispa! Video: 2013 High School Mentor Preparation
Watch this High School Mentors and get ready for ¡La Chispa! Bilingual Workshops.
You can also watch the video on our website: http://lacima.org/lachispa
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-Jesus Castellanos is currently a freshman at Trinity College. Jesus is also a Washington High Graduate 2013 (Patriot Crew), La Cima JC, and ¡La Chispa! Facilitator.Read More
Please provide a short biography:
I was born in Jalisco, Mexico in 1995. My family lived in poverty for a few years before my parents decided to come to the US and raise money in order to build a house for us in Mexico. They left my brother and I behind with our grandparents and worked hard for two years to raise money.
Before I turned 5 they came back and decided to take us with them back to the US in order to secure our education. My family and I immigrated illegally to the US when I was barley 5 years old and I started kindergarten at Daffodil Valley soon after we had settled down in Sumner.
I have lived in the Sumner School District ever since and Sumner is now what I call home. I was placed in the ESL classes from the beginning which created a separation between my classmates and I until second grade when I successfully tested out of the program. Ever since, I have had to strive in order to meet my academic needs. I have been in honor classes since seventh grade and in my Junior year of high school I decided to take on the full IB diploma program which is one of the most rigorous high school courses around the world. I've now graduated in Sumner High School's Class of 2013 having successfully completed the full IB program.
My roots in leadership were inspired by my week at La Cima as a delegate the summer before my Junior year. Before that summer I was not sure whether I was going to follow through with the full IB program because I was doubting my capabilities to keep up. After camp I was inspired to take on the challenge and be someone to be proud of. I was also inspired to start a latino club at my school in order to bring together the very small Hispanic community at Sumner High. I learned that community is important and so is becoming close to your roots. The club was a great success.
I received the ActSix scholarship to Whitworth University in Spokane, which is a full ride scholarship for leadership. In August I will be attending Whitworth as an intended political science major and spanish minor. My future goal is to give back to the people and bring the face of the people to the people by working with youth in urban settings possibly as a high school teacher.
What is your website or a website you recommend? actsix.org
What is your favorite musician or band? Justin Timberlake
What book do you suggest every young person read? The Goose Girl
What do you think you do best? I'm good at speaking in front of people when it is something that I believe should be heard. Public speaking has not always been my strong point but its become easier as I take on more leadership positions.
What past decision do you cherish the most? I'm glad that I decided to speak up about being placed in a class that was not for me just because I had taken ESL before. I was placed in a class that was too slow for me so I went to the teacher and then to the principal in order to get placed in accelerated classes. I just wished I had done it sooner.
What is it like to work with La Cima? I love working with the La Cima staff because I can tell that they are passionate about helping out the delegates. During my experience as a delegate I felt that I could relate with everybody that had taken a leadership role especially the JC's. One is more interested in what is being said to them when they know that it is coming from someone who has felt the same before.
This is an informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators. The MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide is an extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award. It is suggested that you look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that are applicable to you.
Esta lista es una fuente informativa para estudiantes, padres, maestros y consejeros. El MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide es una lista extensive de becas que tal vez no pregunten sobre sue status migratorio o requieran un número de seguro social valido para redimir la beca. Les sugerimos que busque entre la lista y seleccione las becas que son aplicables a usted.
Happy New Year! We decided 2013 will be our most digital year yet. Our goal is to connect the young people involved with La Cima and La Chispa through our online networks and relationships. We have added a page for counselor applications (lacima.org/counselor). Now high school and college students may apply for volunteer counselor positions online. This will allow us to maintain on online database for years to come.
Go here to apply as an RC at the upcoming La Chispa retreat February 23-26, 2013. We are also accepting applications for La Cima JCs at Chewelah Peak in Washington state and Centenary College in Louisiana.
We will host a La Chispa Middle School Retreat February 24-26, 2013 at Cispus Learning Center and we need need high school students to serve as Resident Counselors (RCs). The biggest responsibility for RCs is the well-being of the middle level students in the dorms. In addition, RCs must serve as role models for the middle school delegates.
- RC applications are due January 15, 2013. Or, apply here.
- RCs serve from Saturday, February 23rd at noon until Tuesday, February 26th at 2pm.
- RCs must make arrangements to miss two days of school.
- La Cima staff will provide RC transportation to and from the retreat
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Please contact Vincent Perez if you have any questions.