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Graduate Students to Share Value of a College Education With Maywood Youth

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“Imagina. Cree. Logra.” — “Imagine. Believe. Achieve.” — is the message Cal State Fullerton graduate students in the higher education program will deliver to youth at the Saturday, Oct.13, Maywood Education Fair.

Since 2009, the graduate students have partnered with the predominantly Latino community to share information and resources with parents and pre-K-12 youth about the value of a college education.  

The 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. community event features educational workshops on topics such as applying to college and financial aid. Scholarships also will be awarded to college-bound Maywood students.

Sponsored by CSUF’s Educational Leadership Department and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, the fair is part of a class project for students in the M.S. in education program-higher education concentration.

This year, 55 graduate students are involved in putting on the education fair. For the first time, the class is reaching out to the city’s Arab-American community as well. Students have raised more than $11,000, which along with a $30,000 award from AT&T, will go toward supporting the event and college scholarships.

“It is our hope that by connecting with the community and continuing to foster a relationship with parents and students, more and more students will go to college,” said graduate student Ricardo Pitones.

“One of the most important aspects for us is not to have one event a year, but to create relationships within the Maywood community and surrounding cities in southeast Los Angeles to promote a college-going culture.”

The fair is held at St. Rose of Lima School, 4422 E. 60th St., Maywood 90270. For more information call 657-278-8510 or email. Follow the students on Facebook