Excerpts on Puente Project Workshop: “Power of Voice”

By Your Salonniere

Originally posted on your salonniere’s website:

Saturday, October 13 2012, yours truly was invited to present at the Annual 9th Grade Student Leadership Puente Project Conference held at Saint Mary’s College where five hundred students hailing from San Jose, Salinas, and Union City and other Bay Area and central coast students listened to keynote speaker Gary Soto and attended workshops on everything from College Student Panels, STEM, Law Panel, Youth Service, and Medical and Health Sciences Panel.”

National Book Award winner Gary Soto

In the Soda Center where they were welcomed to the campus these high school freshman couldn’t keep still in their seats and why should they? The Executive Director Frank Garcia of the Puente Project spoke before the keynote address and advised everyone can choose their paths. “Take control of your destiny. I thought I’d be a farm worker all my life” he shared because that’s what his parents were. Explaining the purpose and mission of Puente, the California-wide project works in conjunction with 61 colleges, 34 high schools and includes 14,000 students, all “who are making decisions about what kind of path they will take. Adelante, move forward!” he ended his presentation and introduced National Book Award winner, writer and poet Gary Soto.

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