Manuel has been coming to HOLA for as long as he can remember, starting way back when in the SmartStart Elementary School Program. Now, as an 11th Grader, he participates in both the PAT High School Program, taking SAT Prep Classes and getting involved within the community through the LA Rakers, and in the Leadership Program as a youth facilitator. Manuel has been a youth facilitator for the past three years, becoming involved with the program the first chance he got. He has really enjoyed the training sessions and implementing what he has learned when he works with the younger students. In the sessions the students teach cooperation, teamwork and inclusion through games and fun activities.
Manuel’s favorite memory from his years at HOLA was a trip to Big Bear for students transitioning from the Bridges Middle School Program to the PAT High School Program. He especially loved the adventurous and challenging rope course. When he’s not at HOLA, Manuel works at the California Science Center, where he provides demonstrations and leads a variety of activities. It was a very exciting moment for Manuel (and the HOLA staff) when he was assigned to work with a group of SmartStart students on a recent visit to the Science Center!
As Manuel prepares for his future, he knows he wants to go to college and work in the sciences, although he’s not sure yet which field.