Graduates of the Latina Leaders of Kern County Youth Leadership Program (YLP) gathered for a special dinner and recognition ceremony May 17, 2017, at Hodel’s.
The qualified students, their family members, KHSD representatives, counselors, Board Member Jeff Flores, Latina Leader Board Members and mentors, as well as a representative from Wells Fargo were in attendance honoring nearly 110 outstanding young ladies. Diana Muñoz of Highland High School was selected as the student speaker for the event.
Students recognized included sophomores, juniors, and seniors who participated and met the attendance requirements for the year-long program. The sophomore/junior group learned from inspirational speakers about career goal planning, culture, money management, life skills, and strategies for cultivating positive self-esteem.
The senior group attended workshops focused on the college application process, resume development, soft skills training, the value of community service, and branding yourself for career employment. Both groups enjoyed field trips to César Chávez National Monument and Museum Center, Olvera Street Historic Landmark in Los Angeles, UCLA, and USC.
The senior students honored at the graduation event have been admitted to various colleges and universities and proudly announced their plans as they received certificates of participation, academic achievement, and recognition from Latina Leaders of Kern County, Mayor Karen Goh, local politicians, and KHSD representatives.