Because Of You – Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl & Yesenia Arreola

RadioCMC work-study Corina Jones interviews Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl, creator of the First Ascent Youth Leadership program, Alpine Bank Scholarships, and the Latino Youth Summit, as well as Yesenia Arreola, interim Upward Bound director

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(from left) Corina Jones, Annmarie Deter, Yesenia Arreola, Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl

In this installment of Because of You, Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl recalls her involvement with the Advocate Safehouse Project, where she met the person who would soon give her the opportunity of a lifetime. She¬†mentions meeting a “wonderful woman” who gave her the opportunity to spearhead the TRIO grant effort. From that one TRIO Grant, Mariana went on to gather key components to come up with the First Ascent Youth Leadership program.

Listen in to hear more about Mariana’s involvement with the Alpine Bank Scholarships, and the Latino Youth Summit, as well as Yesenia’s interesting story of how she and Mariana crossed paths.

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