Latinx Youth in America – Part 1

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Being a low-income, first generation student is not easy – at all.

Learning the “ropes” and becoming accustomed to the burden – the hardships – bestowed upon a person is difficult. This is especially strenuous for Latinx youth in the United States who are not provided with/have access to the same educational opportunities as their peers that inhabit more affluent/wealthy communities.

Despite this hardship, many Latinx youth are thriving. These diligent, passionate individuals are giving those who “have it all” a run for their money. How, you ask? By seeking and taking part of various educational opportunities at their respective high schools.

Take Litzy Bautista, a senior at University High School, for example.

In addition to being a stellar student (academically) she is involved and holds a leadership position in her school government, environmental club, and Latino Student Union.

While interviewing her, I noticed the innate passion that propelled her to success. Her determination to succeed and ability to make the best out of her situation are not characteristics many possess. In addition to being a leader within her school walls, she is also an advocate/activists for minority groups. She told me that using social media to spread awareness on issues not many people talk about is of utmost importance.

After reading this, it’s no secret why she won the coveted POSSE Scholarship, a full-tuition leadership scholarship, to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She, along with her family, are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

I, on the other hand, can’t wait for her to take the world by storm.