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IMG_6289HOLA seniors Wilson Vaquerano, Romana Maralit, and Shushoma Sravostee recently had the opportunity to present at the Paulo Freire Institute‘s 2015 CAFE Conference at the University of California Los Angeles. The focus of this year’s conference was “Education and Immigration” and the students spoke about their efforts working in the community as part of the high school service group, the LA Rakers. They were thrilled to have the opportunity to share the work they have been doing and to meet leaders in the forefront of education reform and social justice. Thank you to volunteer Antar Tichavakunda for facilitating their participation in the Conference.

All three seniors have been actively involved in the LA Rakers since its inception last fall. The group meets weekly and engages in a variety of projects service projects in the community. From guest speakers, to expanding the City’s first Urban Fruit Trail, the students are now working on a project to create a garden at the Asbury Apartments. When asked what motivates her to participate in the service projects, Shushoma responded “[W]hen youth recognize where they come from, they are more likely to be engaged in their community.” Wilson, Romana and Shushoma are preparing to graduate from high school and head to college in the fall. Wilson will be attending UC Davis and Romana and Shushoma are both headed to UC San Diego. I’m sure we’ll be hearing lots more about these great kids in the years to come. Congratulations and good luck!



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