Maria is a straight A student and an unstoppable force of energy. Watch her video and continue to read more! Continue reading
Ninoska aced her sophomore year in high school! We love how she just beams when talking about going to college and studying design. Watch her video and continue to read more. Continue reading
Here is some of Shaun’s work on immigrant stories in the Shenandoah Valley: http://www.vaisp.com
Professor Shaun Wright of JMU’s School of Media Arts and Design (SMAD) has his college students create a documentary about SV-SLI students and immigration in the Shenandoah Valley. Watch this video of some of his work, and continue to read more. Continue reading
For the third consecutive year, SV-SLI high school scholars and mentors cleaned up a trailed nature area at Thomas Harrison Middle School as a service project for JMU’s Big Event. The day was spent clearing brush, and planting trees and shrubs donated by Rodamer’s Landscaping of Harrisonburg. With help from a team of JMU’s Dingledine Scholars (D-Unit!), the clean up project only took about 3 hours.
Kenia is an SV-SLI high school scholar who dreams of attending the University of Virginia and becoming a pediatrician. Learn about Kenia in this video produced by undergraduate students of James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design for their digital production course. You’re the best, Kristi and Erin! Thanks!
By: Jett Reed
The centerpiece of SLI’s success across its different chapters is mentorship. College students and working adults help to guide high school students by developing a strong, positive relationship as they progress through their education. I interviewed Andrea Gonzalez, a James Madison University Centennial Scholar and a founding SVSLI college student mentor to learn what it’s like to be a SLI mentor!
Andrea Celeste Gonzalez, 20 years old, James Madison University
(Major: Health Science with a concentration in Health Assessment and Promotion)
Q: What led to you being a mentor for SVSLI?
A: The director of the Centennial Scholars Program, Mrs. Strawbridge, asked if I was interested in being a mentor to a Latino high school student who wanted to further their education. Being the first in my family to attend a university, it would have been extremely beneficial if I had had a college student to mentor me through the college process. Of course, I was immediately interested.
Q: What’s an average day like spending time with a student/students?