May 2018 Edition of Closing the Gap

In this edition – Congratulations Graduates; Partnerships: The Key to Student Success; Student Spotlight ― Tim Balzora; College Success Arizona Awards Scholarships to 131 Arizona High School Students; DACA Ruling; Leaders & Legends 2018 Update ― Luncheon Moved to November 1st

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Joan Smith

“I realized pretty early in life that I am motivated by protecting people, and helping people, because that’s what I was expected to do by my other siblings when we were growing up in a bad environment. And, then when I was growing up a teacher helped pull me out of depression which was caused by my home situation. So, my job now and my mission now is a ‘permanent pay it forward’ sort of thing.” – Joan Smith, College Success Arizona Scholar, from Yuma, now working in Tucson as a Social Worker.

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Citlalli Celis

“Ever since I was little I’ve always admired teachers, and especially throughout my whole middle school and high school career. During that time, I grew really close bonds to two of my teachers, and I think that really encouraged me to pursue a degree which would allow me to become an educator. I’ve always wanted to work around little children and be in that world, so maybe I’ll end up being a Kindergarten teacher.” – College Success Arizona Scholar, Citlalli Celis, who was born and raised in Phoenix and graduated from North High School in 2017, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University.

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