My name is Celina Avalos and I’m currently a senior at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am a product of the public education system. From attending Saul Martinez Elementary School to Desert Mirage High School, and now UCLA, my journey has been possible thanks to all of the mentors, teachers, and community members that have paved the way for me.
However, not everyone from the Eastern Coachella Valley receives the same opportunities as a direct result of structural barriers that exist within the educational system and in our community. As a current Fellow with Young People For, I have created a blueprint for social justice titled Eastern Coachella Valley for CHANGE (ECV for CHANGE). ECV for CHANGE will serve as a mentorship program for CVUSD students to ensure that they receive the necessary support to thrive in high school and college. The three pillars of ECV for CHANGE are higher education, leadership development, and community service. Through the mentorship program, the goal of ECV for CHANGE is to ensure that we increase High School graduation rates in the Eastern Coachella Valley, higher education enrollments, and develop the next generation of leaders across the Coachella Valley, in California, and overall in the United States.
However, in order to successfully implement the mentorship program, I need to ensure that I raise the necessary funds needed to support the program during its launch. The launch of the mentorship program will include a conference for students, leadership development workshops, and social/educational resources.
As a native from Mecca, California (a city in the Eastern Coachella Valley), the resources and opportunities available to students like me have been limited. Through this mentorship program, I hope to open doors for students of color from the Eastern Coachella Valley into the higher education pipeline. They say that it takes a village, and thanks to those that have supported me, I hope I can continue planting the seeds of change in the Eastern Coachella Valley.
Without you, this couldn’t be possible. $1, $2, or even your support is enough. Thank you for planting the seed of change with me -- let's continue empowering our FUTURE. our VOICE. our COMMUNITY -- together.
If you would like to learn more about YP4 or ECV for CHANGE, feel free to contact me or visit: youngpeoplefor.org