Debbee Hernandez

July 2016 Youth Spotlight: Debbee Hernandez

By Debbee Hernandez, Promotor Pathway participant At the age of 14 in 2009, I made the 31-day journey by myself to the United States from El Salvador crossing half of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and the southern United States to Washington DC, where I reunited with my mother. My father had been murdered by gangs…

Treyana Elliott

June 2016 Youth Spotlight: Tre’Yana Elliott

By Kelsey Norton, Young Parents Program Coordinator When I first met Tre’Yana last fall she was 16 years old and expecting her first child. She was nervous and unsure of what was to come. Still, she was so eager to improve her life and to be her best. She was in JROTC at Bell Senior…

Manuel Sibiran

May 2016 Youth Spotlight: Manuel Sibiran

My Path to Success by Manuel Sibiran When I came to this country in 2009 from El Salvador, my goals for my future began to change. Due to economic circumstances I had to work two park-time jobs to financially support my family while attending high school. At the beginning of my journey, I argued with my…

Brianna Townes

April 2016 Youth Spotlight: Brianna Townes

by Ana Villagomez, Career and Education Specialist and Alexandra Raphael, Case Manager Brianna Townes, 19, never fails to brighten other people’s days with her smile and creative ideas. It’s hard to believe that when we met Brianna, she barely made eye contact, missed our meetings, and seemed to have given up on the idea of…

Ronnie Evans

March 2016 Youth Spotlight: Ronnie Evans

by Adam Angel, Montgomery County Conservation Corps Program Manager Ronnie Evans is that youth who greets everyone with a warm smile and a handshake. You can’t help but smile back, no matter what else is going on. Filling a room with great energy is only one of Ronnie’s many talents. Ever since he became a GED…

Gustavo Mura

February 2016 Youth Spotlight: Gustavo Mura

By Karina Velasco and Ricardo Villalba, Adelante Program Case Managers Gustavo Mura, 20, is a resilient young immigrant living in Langley Park, Maryland who is the embodiment of what it means to be a true fighter and a go-getter. In 2012, Gustavo, then 16, escaped an abusive home environment in his native Guatemala. Gustavo fled…