Impacting Desert Pines High School through Program Collaborations

CenterPoint Newsletter | June 2016 | by Rocio Rodriguez, Academic Counselor for ETS


During the 2015-2016 academic year, Communities In Schools (CIS), Project 150, and TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) successfully collaborated to provide a variety of educational activities to program participants at Desert Pines High School.

The great relationship between the Desert Pines High School student success advocate, Kenya Douglas, and ETS academic counselor, Rocio Rodriguez, enabled Project 150 to provide college application fee waivers for the ETS seniors. They also provided students with business attire for interviews, food, and hygiene products.

Similarly, the CIS program, along with school coordinators, Jhoana Duarte and Melanie Sprogis, have provided great support for the ETS students at Desert Pines. CIS participant Andy Ramos was accepted into the ETS program and became inspired to advocate not only for education, but also for social issues; and with this the Anti-Bullying Club (ABC) was originated. With the assistance of the ETS program, Andy got in contact with the educational project director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Mirna Mejia, to assist in certifying Desert Pines High School as a “No Place for Hate” school. As a part of this collaboration, Ms. Mejia will educate students to foster understanding of different cultures, religions, and traditions that are shared by members of the increasingly diverse and growing community in CCSD.

The CIS, ETS, and Project 150 collaboration has been an ongoing success, which enabled the planning of field trips, college/career exploration, and financial literacy support to the students. Through such initiatives, the ETS program can ensure that students receive the necessary support needed for them to make a difference not only in their lives, but also in the lives of the Desert Pines High School community.

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