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A VOICE THAT SAYS “KEEP GOING”

THE IMPACT OF COLLEGE BRIDGE COACHES: LAURA RODRIGUEZ

What type of support did you receive in your transition from high school to college?

CARA College Bridge coach support followed me in the summer after graduating. You [Pamela] were checking up on me and other students, that was amazing. The dedication you put into students is not just a job but it’s a connection that stays with you. I appreciate it. You got me through it.You were an inspiration. I was like ‘I wanna do what Pamela is doing, working and helping others, while being in college and getting good grades.’ When I wanted to give up my freshman year in college or when things got hard, I heard your voice in my head saying ‘Keep going.’

For me specifically when I came here, I was new to the country, new to school, new to college, I feel like having a College Bridge Coach to help me through the college process made it so much easier and I could honestly say I would not have known how to apply to college without your help. Read more of Laura Rodriguez

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YOUTH LEADERS IN ACTION

PERSONAL STATEMENT is a feature-length documentary film that showcases the challenges that young people face who are the first in their family to attend college - and the remarkable potential of peer leadership to address those challenges.

To learn more about PERSONAL STATEMENT, you can visit the film’s website at www.PersonalStatementFilm.com

If you are interested in bringing the full length film to your school or community, you can learn more about how to do so through Good Docs. 

The following short video, “Youth Leaders in Action,” features the three main characters of the film at work in their own communities, and demonstrates the power of CARA’s peer-to-peer model.