The goal of ¡AVANZA! is to encourage Latino/a youth to graduate from high school and to pursue higher education, and ultimately, to obtain a rewarding career and contribute to their communities. To reach this goal, the program offers a curriculum that integrates leadership, college preparation, and culturally relevant themes for the Latino/a students. The learning outcomes include developing leadership, team building, communication, personal responsibility, conflict resolution, and public speaking skills.
Approximately 18% of Redmond High School students identify themselves as Latino. The program is offered to any student who wishes to participate. Those enrolled in the program will participate in one 60 minute class each week. The program began this week at RHS and is led by Willan Cervantes, Latino College Preparation Coordinator with COCC. After completing the program, students will have the opportunity to earn .50 college credits.
“We are working hard to strategically identify and overcome the barriers our Latino students report as they pursue post-secondary education,” shared Dr. Nicole MacTavish, RHS Principal. “The goals of the ¡Avanza! program mirror perfectly Redmond High School’s mission to graduate all students college and career ready. We couldn’t be happier to partner with this positive and forward thinking organization to support our students.”