October 27, 2017

Community Scholar Star of the Week - 10/23


Kylee Crook '19, Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning

Berenice Fuentes-Juarez ’20 is the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning’s Community Scholar Star Student of the Week. 

She is involved with the Latinx community in the Greensboro area, and is putting her passions into practice as she strives to make a way for minority students around Greensboro. She is involved in Hispanos Unidos de Guilford (HUG), Latinx Impact, and Soy Un Líder. These projects are all committed to bringing awareness and resources to the Latinx community and culture within the Greensboro area. 

Berenice is a co-Coordinator of Latinx Impact,  a new pro the Community Scholar and Bonner Scholar program. Latinx Impact is a program at Northeast High School that serves twelve Latinx high school students. The program began last semester and into the summer through detailed communication and preparation with the principal of Northeast and a mutual desire to build a deeper relationship with that community. 
 

I’m learning that Greensboro is a hub for refugee communities and for diversity.

Berenice Fuentes-Juarez '20

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.”
 

Berenice, you are kind, dedicated, and making such a difference. Thank you for investing so whole-heartedly in our community. It is an honor getting to celebrate you, and the important work you are doing both within Guilford, and the greater Greensboro area. Here’s to you!
 


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