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Steve is the first one in his family to attend college and is doing the best he can to make sure he takes advantage of the college opportunity.
Meet Steve Cayetano. Like the majority of our South Los Angeles Community members, Steve’s parents face the challenges of low wages and high cost of living. Both of Steve’s parents work and do not make a combined income of more than $40,000 a year. Nevertheless, his parents support and encourage him and his 3 brothers in academia, and reached out for additional resources through our YouthSource Center.
At 18, Steve has just completed his tenure at our YouthSource Center Program. This year Steve graduated with honors as the Class Valedictorian from NAVA College Preparatory Academy. He’s been academically engaged in all his course work and achieved a high GPA.
Steve applied to the Charles R. Drew University Public Health Academy which is a Summer program to help students understand health policy and issues related to health. He was one of the few students accepted into the academy, and completed the 3 month Summer program on Saturday, July 28, 2018. College courses in the Charles R. Drew University Public Health Academy included issues on Mental Health, Introduction to Public Health, and Psychology.
Steve applied and has been accepted to Middlebury University in the State of Vermont for Fall 2018. Through his hard work and dedication, Steve also just learned that he was picked for a scholarship from the Stifel Financial Group. All Peoples Community Center assisted in seeking a sponsor for Steve’s flight to Burlington, Vermont so he can began orientation on August 29, 2018. He looks forward to his orientation and the required Middview Trip-Wilderness Exploration that involves outdoor hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, and camping as part of their student enrollment process.
Steve has also been very active in civic engagement in our South LA Community. He’s participated in Community events at All Peoples, Best Start Metro Los Angeles, his High School and as a Poll Volunteer in the recent California Primaries in June. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, Steve was a student speaker at the Power California event at the Japanese American National Museum. He discussed the movement he helped lead at his high school to register 200 young voters. Steve was also able to share his high school experience and voice concerns regarding Community issues that our young people are facing.
Steve has strong leadership skills and is a great mentor to Youth in the Community. Through Family, Community, available Resources, and Steve’s personal resilience and determination, Steve will be the first in his family to attend college. We’re proud of Steve and will be supporting and cheering him on as he starts the next chapter of his life at Middlebury University.