As a result the program, these students have participated in community service projects and internships, along with receiving assistance with their homework. Berenice further invests in these students through curriculum-based workshops that also foster personal skills, like public speaking. Latinx Impact’s mission is to reach Latinx students that may be the first in their families to attend college and provide them the skills and resources to get there. Since Latinx students have the highest dropout rate at Northeast High School, Berenice and her fellow coordinators work to provide motivation and encouragement to push them to the next level.
Soy Un Líder is a yearly conference held on campus by Guilford College students that provides resources and information for minority high school students and parents on the college application process and college life. In this 11th year of the conference, organizers hope move beyond Bonner and Community scholar volunteers. Berenice wants to see a more diverse array of volunteers. She’s excited to serve as a parent presenter at this year’s conference, helping some parents overcome language barriers and providing insight on the application and FAFSA process.
Berenice’s goals for 2017-2018 include seeing progress - academically and personally - in her mentees while managing her own academic and personal life. She also hopes to explore ways to connect her passion for the Latinx community and her passion for pre-med.
“I come from the West Coast, where it’s very diverse. I didn’t think there would be as much diversity coming to the East Coast,” she says. “By exploring different volunteer sites within the community, I’m learning that Greensboro is a hub for refugee communities and for diversity. That’s my biggest takeaway from being a Community and Bonner Scholar.”