This summer HOLA is lucky to have two high school interns from the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Expanding Horizons program. Abigail Rodas and Estefani Contreras were selected for the five-week paid summer internship after successfuly competing in the rigorous application process. While neither student knew much about HOLA before getting placed, both are thrilled that they were introduced to such a special organization. Estefani is working with YOLA at HOLA students, learning the instruments alongside the kids in order to better help with the program. So far she has been learning and teaching cello and violin. Abigail has been working with the SmartStart program and has also learned a new skill- chess. She has also been helping out with spelling, speech and arts and crafts classes. Abigail’s favorite thing about HOLA is the amazing free programming and opportunities offered to children in the community. Estefani loves working the kids.
Abigail comes to HOLA from William & Carol Ouchi High School, a charter school in South LA. In her free time she is a cheerleader for both her high school and an all star team and spends the rest of her time focusing on her studies. Estefani attends Thomas Jefferson High School in South LA and enjoys playing basketball and reading.