The young Hispanic Community has made some dramatic strides when combating dropout rates. The Pew Research Center, revealed that in 2014 the Hispanic Dropout rate went from 12 percent to 7 percent. Where are these young students headed towards after graduating high school? Well, half of Hispanic Students are attending two-year community college, while this is great, it would be ideal to have more young Hispanics to obtain a four-year degree. And, for Latinas there is a program perfect to catapult these young women into the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, or for short STEM.
According to the Latina STEM Fellowship Director of Activities, Sophia Garcia, this program offers young Latina students ages 18 – 21, the opportunity learns science skills that they can use to obtain jobs and internships. They will take a career assessment which helps them see what science careers fit their strengths and interests and where those jobs are in high demand. Then, they will make a plan for their undergraduate and graduate school education that could help them become the type of professional they desire. Registration for this 2-Week fellowship will be through the week, and weekend.
This is a valuable program and will certainly help young students to work against the summertime laziness, where often students have left their studies far behind and have settled nicely in front of their computers or televisions. The Director of this program leaves no question the amount of potential she sees in the young Latina community and stated, “I am doing this because, I want to create a fellowship of young ladies who are supported in their passion for science. I want them to see their potential and realize that the career and life they want is possible in spite of any perceived barriers. Many faculty, scientists, and community members support this program and want to see these ladies succeed and it is important for them to know this. So many young ladies do not have support at home, at school, or among their peers. The LSF is a space where they are encouraged and motivated to continue their education in science so that they can become the next generation of leaders and continue to inspire other young ladies.” It is exciting to see such a change in the Hispanic community when it comes to putting more effort towards education. A very important change, as now more than ever we need to show our strength within the community, and the support we have for one another.