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Sociedad Latina Celebrates 2017 Graduates

(Press release)

Sociedad Latina and BCYF Commissioner William Morales proudly celebrated youth graduating from middle school, high school and college success programs.

(BOSTON-May 12th, 2017) Sociedad Latina’s Executive Director Alexandra Oliver-Dávila and Boston Centers for Youth and Families’ Commissioner William Morales hosted on Thursday the Class of 2017 Celebration, an annual event that highlights the accomplishments of Sociedad Latina’s youth graduating from middle school, high school and college. Last night, families, partners, volunteers and community members gathered for this special celebration at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Mission Hill.

Executive Director Alexandra Oliver- Dávila stated that “This is Sociedad Latina’s most important event of the year, where we celebrate all of our youth graduating from middle school, high school and college and express our commitment to support their future success.” She also shared, “we are so honored to be a part of the success of our youth and families, and look forward to partnering with them as they pursue their unique pathways. Latinos face a unique set of challenges to thriving in Boston, but this event is the proof that with the right support and a focus on skills and strengths, they can succeed.” Graduates will be pursuing diverse postsecondary options, such as two-year degrees, four-year degrees, technical schools, career ladder pathways, and service years.

“I want all graduates to follow their dreams and, no matter how bad things might get, find the positive side and use that to move forward,” stated Engel R., a member of Sociedad Latina’s college success program who shared his words of wisdom with younger youth. “We Latinos have distinctive strengths: we know how to speak two languages and, because we come from another culture, we are able to view and appreciate things in a different way. I am proud of who I am, where I come from and what I have accomplished; and being a Latino is part of that.” Sociedad Latina also awarded the third annual Aurea E. Beltrán Memorial Scholarship to Fatima I. and Leandro T., two youth who have shown exceptional dedication to Sociedad Latina and their communities.

Sociedad Latina celebrated youth and families affiliated with several Boston Public Schools, including Boston International Newcomers Academy, The English High School, James P. Timilty Middle School, Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Margarita Muñiz Academy and Mario Umana K-8 Academy. The event also served to demonstrate the impact of Sociedad Latina’s positive youth development programming on Boston’s Latino community.

About Sociedad Latina: Sociedad Latina is a community-based organization that develops young Latino leaders and creates positive change in Boston’s Latino community. Since 1968, it has worked in partnership with youth and families to create the next generation of Latino leaders who are confident, competent, self-sustaining and proud of their cultural heritage.