Taking Strides and Making Way for Others

March 31st, 2017


From program graduations to college visits and more, Yamhill Juntos participants have taken 2017 by storm. In the past three months a total of 66 families participated in the Juntos workshops in Dayton and McMinnville Schools. During that time parents built a closer relationship with their students, school staff members, and other families while learning how to better support each other towards academic success.


In February, several students participated in the Portland State University Edúcate conference at which Dayton High School’s Senior, Ivon Cabañas, received the great news that she had been admitted for fall term of 2017. During the conference, students had the opportunity to take a campus tour, meet other Latino students from around the state, and participate in group discussions and workshops regarding “Machismo,” “Latinx Identity Under a Trump Presidency,” “Dreamers and Beyond,” “Mujeres en Liderazgo,” among various other themes. At the end of the conference there was a dance with mixed Latin-American music genres, and students got to show off their dance moves!


In March, the McMinnville Hispanic PTA, which is composed almost entirely of Juntos parents, hosted its very own Latino Community Resource Fair which brought many Yamhill County families to McMinnville High School to learn about various community resources. The fair included informational workshops, resources tables, breakfast and lunch food, games, raffle prizes, and a mascot from the Fire Department. It was super fun and full of great information.


There are only two Juntos students from McMinnville High School that will be graduating this June, one as a Junior, Cynthia Gomez, and one as a Senior, Anthony Garcia. It just so happens that they are both interested in going into Law Enforcement as a career so they have been taking steps to better prepare themselves for college and life after high school. During their Spring Break they took time to visit the Chemeketa Brooks Training Center and learn more about their Law Enforcement program and took a tour of their facilities. Cynthia and Anthony also completed their admissions and scholarships forms for Chemeketa Community College. They also went above and beyond by submitting forms to participate in a ride-along program and a cadet program with Yamhill County Sherrif’s office. These two Juntos superstars are on their way to exciting new things as the first of their families to graduate high school and go on to college.