|Esther Cantu , United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County|
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United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Launch Pad Finalist
The population of San Antonio, Texas, is predominantly Hispanic. Many children of immigrants do not speak English when they enter school. Many of these students end up discouraged and drop out. Providing a friendly foundation to non-English speakers early will help strengthen confidence and educational pursuits. Through the United Way’s volunteer center in San Antonio, where I work, I want to develop a pilot program to recruit and train bilingual volunteer mentors for these youths.
About Esther Cantu
I grew up with Hispanic grandparents who spoke little English. Consequently, when I entered school I was intimidated. What excites me about creating this program is that so many children would be touched by it. Planting ideas in children's minds at an early age is priceless.
Being Hispanic myself, I am happy to share my life experiences and my successes. My experience in the world of volunteerism would be beneficial to potential volunteers in encouraging them to commit to a project that will help children for years to come. I envision people training others and sharing their experiences as mentors to make this an ongoing service for Hispanic children and perhaps serve as a model for other ethnic groups.