The story of San Juan as told by its students

Latinos Unidos, Nuestros Amigos

October 25, 2018

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Latinos Unidos, Nuestros Amigos

Art by Lucy Law

Art by Lucy Law

Art by Lucy Law

Latinos Unidos club, created last year, seeks to involve Latino students in more extracurricular activities, leadership events, and sports at SJHHS.

Spanish teacher and club advisor, Fernanda Villalba, said “the goal is to create a better presence of this minority group we have here at SJHHS.” She works alongside academic advisor, Fernando Sotelo, who plays a key role in advocating for  undocumented, and dreamer students in our school.

As a whole, the club is a resource for the Latino students of SJHHS, as well as a safe space for them to feel known and understood. The club hopes to give its attendees opportunities as well as get them involved in more activities at the school. They bring in sources and resources for the students that explain topics such as the California Dream Act, accessibility to higher education, opportunities for latino youth in the community, and more.

We are all one here. We all RFTB. Whatever background you have, whatever citizenship status you have, it doesn’t matter, we are all Stallions.”

— Fernando Sotelo

Not only can Latino students join to find new friends and gain further information about their future, all students can join and discuss various topics in order to bring awareness, in the right way.

It is important that all students are given an access to education beyond high school and this club is beneficial in making students aware of their path to get there as well as letting them know that they are not alone in the process.

All students are encouraged and welcomed to participate with the club and come to meetings. “We are all one here. We all RFTB. Whatever background you have, whatever citizenship status you have, it doesn’t matter, we are all Stallions,” said Sotelo.

 

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