“We go to school every day to prepare for the future, but many students like you and me aren’t graduating high school with the skills and experience we need to accomplish our dreams. We want to learn, but we face real challenges in our schools and in our communities that make it difficult for us to attend college or succeed in our first job.” #QuieroAprender movement
#QuieroAprender, an educational campaign promoted by Univision, empowers Latino youth to take control of their future and their education.
The movement encourages students to voice their thoughts on what is missing from their education. The campaign encourages students to submit their thoughts via videos, images or posts.
Here are the questions:
- What is the one thing you want to learn that isn’t offered in your school?
- If you were in charge, what is the one change would you make so you are better prepared for college and your career?
- What motivates you to go to school every day?
At the start of this school year, Satcha Pretto, Univision correspondent, visited four cities in a national tour. The goal was to meet with young Latino students attending educational institutions with high Latino populations and record their reactions.
“We met genuinely young enterprising students who truly left an impression on us. These Latino youth are making a difference in their lives, their communities, and their schools,” commented Pretto.
Many students felt unprepared for higher education, arguing that they were academically deficient once transitioning into college. For many, weak academic training meant spending a longer time in college taking remedial courses in math and English before diving into the “real” curriculum; an expensive fact for 40 percent of students surveyed.
The percentages below reveal the types of courses and skills that students want in preparation for college and real life:
Public Speaking– %50
More access and preparation in Technology– 32%
Especially training in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoints,
More Career Search Help and More Help Finding jobs after graduation.
The Problem of Financing a College Education:
4 out 10 Latino college students drop out due to lack of financial means.
Lack of Funding is a key barrier that worries Latinos who want to go to college. The problem goes beyond gaining admission. Once on-board, accessing the funds to stay and finish is one of the most challenging tasks. Without scholarships, most won’t finish.
Univision’s Pretto first visited Chicago were 2000 students attended a pep rally celebration at Thomas Kelly High School. The school has an 80 percent Latino student population with most having Mexican roots.
For the fist time in the school’s history all of its graduating seniors applied to go to college, “a tremendous accomplishment,” celebrated Pretto.
Stephanie Deleon president of the student council for the school, and all of Chicago sat down with Pretto to share her story. Her neighborhood is rife with gangs. Here, most student don’t think they are smart enough to go to school. Instead, they join the gang life, with many ending up in jail or dead.
“In our school we don’t have as many resources. In a dream world, I would fill our classrooms with computers. We have two classes with computers right now. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough. These are always occupied. For my future? I’d like to go to DePaul University and study environmental engineering. To get there I’ll have to set goals–big ones and little ones. During student council I always encourage the students to set little goals. Maybe this semester the goal is getting all A’s, I tell them.”
An Inspiring Latina High School Leader:
This is what I tell all students:
“Right now you have to work hard so that in the future you don’t have to work in physically exhausting jobs. If you use this time in school to just get by, you’ll have to work very hard in the future.”
“Being a Leader is Hard. Very hard work,” shares deLeon.
“A great leader means you don’t only worry about yourself, or how you are going to get ahead. A good leader helps others to get ahead, too. A true leader does not create a following, she creates new leaders,” asserts deLeon.
As she wrapped up her visit with the young leader, Pretto asked: Tell us, how do you do it all? How do you study, work and lead so many to success?
I focus on the final goal, which is to get a university degree. But I don’t forget my community, because they are a huge part of who I am.