Dear Friends of JOYA,
When Maria Guzman stepped into the role of mentoring several years ago, little did she realize just what a huge difference she would make in the life of not just one student...but two.
In 2011, Aidee Rosales was a sophomore in high school when she joined JOYA Scholars. Maria became her mentor from the start and the two often spent time together talking about what life would look like for Aidee after graduation. Not missing a beat, Aidee enrolled in Fullerton College with Maria's encouragement. Although she had been accepted to other colleges, cost was one of the driving forces behind her decision. Maria was not only Aidee's cheerleader throughout her two years at junior college but also an advisor as she leaped from Fullerton College to California State University, Fullerton as a junior majoring in Human Services. Her dream of becoming a school guidance counselor is within reach. Next May, Aidee will be the first in her family to graduate from college and it all started when one person, Maria, walked alongside her every step of the way.
Even though it takes time and effort to mentor one first-generation college bound student, Maria branched into another mentoring opportunity when Stephanie stepped into the picture as a middle school student in 2015. The connection between Stephanie and Maria was instant. During mentoring meetings, the two go over school assignments and discuss Stephanie's plans for high school and beyond. As a freshman, Stephanie is now a member of her high school's mock trial team
with aspirations to go to law school and become a successful attorney one day.
When Maria celebrated her birthday this summer, she invited both Aidee and Stephanie for the festivities. "There's no other way I would spend this day without the two of them. I've received much more than they've given me," commented Maria.
Maria personifies much of what happens when mentors jump into a supporting role. Not only do students' lives change but they, too, change.
|Aidee, Maria (with birthday hat), Stephanie and best friend, Gabriella.
Two Mondays ago, we introduced the 100 Campaign Fundraiser
that expands from September 19-October 29. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 40 days.
We'd like to report that all that is left to raise is $2,195!
Nearly $8,000 has already been raised!
Will you consider making a donation before the
October 29th deadline?
In order to bring greater educational opportunities for middle school and high school students this school year, we'll need your help to reach our fundraising goal.
For being a 100 Campaign donor, we will send you a new customized 2017 JOYA Scholars calendar as an expression of our gratitude.
Please click on the DONATE NOW button below and learn how you can give easily, quickly, and safely.
Thank you for being a part of changing a student's life this school year.
With much appreciation,