Jackie says that a person that she admires is the late photojournalist and activist, Dan Eldon. Jackie is also a world traveler in that she speaks three different languages, not counting the language of photography. Like Eldon, she is drawn to beauty of cultures and relations, but not ignorant to the social injustices of our times. Continue reading
By all accounts, Guillermo and his family are winners. He was a sophomore at the time this video was made, and he had an powerful story to tell about his family’s survival. This past spring, he emerged as a leader on the high school campus, wrestled in the state’s championship tournament, and accepting the role of mentor and tutor for younger high school students enrolled in the GEAR UP Virginia program. But what makes a winning spirit? And how do individuals survive in the face of trauma, loss, and displacement? Continue reading
Sarai is enrolled in an academic partnership between Harrisonburg High School and Blue Ridge Community College where she has an opportunity to earn her high school diploma and a college Associate of Arts degree. Sarai says she could sum up her college statement with five words: “I am worth your time.” We think she’s worth more. Continue reading
Is there anything more wonderful than overhearing parents speaking proudly of their child? Alisia’s parents have much to be proud of. They’ve raised a wonderful daughter who will soon be chasing her college dream to be an elementary school teacher. Continue reading
It can be hard to find your voice when people are telling you how you should and shouldn’t be. It’s been a year since this video was made, and Lorenzo has learned to trust his own voice and the support of his SLI peers. Lorenzo has become a leader for SLI service in the community. He articulates a voice for the importance of performing service that is meaningful rather than just something to be added to a college application.
Maritza loves music, her sax, her mom, and her grandpa. She cherishes her family and everyday of her life. Her self-reflection and resilience has us convinced that she will achieve her dream to be a teacher and to positively impact the lives of many. Continue reading