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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Banner photo: 2015 National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association Interns

 

Shining a Spotlight on Head Start Alumni

From September 15th to October 15th we join our nation in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! While NHSA believes it extremely important to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino American members of our society all year long, we also believe that we must seize upon each and every opportunity to do so in a more publicized way.

Today we shine a spotlight on four special members of the Hispanic American community, all proud graduates of Head Start who got their beginnings in this country through Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs. In 2015 Head Start served a little over 414,000 Hispanic or Latino children and pregnant women, with 28,000 of them being served through Migrant and Seasonal Head Start programs.

Photo: Misael Rangel, Luis Aguilar, Cleo Rodriguez Jr. (Executive Director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association), Dr. Blanca Enriquez (Director of the Office of Head Start), Adilenne Villanueva, and Griselda Tule-Aguirre

Misael Rangel, Luis Aguilar, Adilenne Villanueva, and Griselda Tule-Aguirre are all currently first generation college students who, as children, often had to join their parents in the fields. They remember all too well the sacrifices their parents made for them to have better lives. These Head Start alums are shining examples of how the Head Start Advantage continues well into adulthood. We salute them today for their commitment to giving back to their communities and families, and honoring their heritage and roots.

This past summer, overcoming many barriers, these determined college students traveled from Michigan, Washington, and Florida to explore policy and advocacy career opportunities in our nation’s capital. They came to Washington, D.C. to partake in the National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Association’s internship program and chose internships with organizations that are making a difference in the lives of immigrants and farmworkers or striving to improve educational access.

These Head Start alums are shining examples of how the Head Start Advantage continues well into adulthood.

While in Washington they gained strong, structured professional development along with networking and leadership enhancement opportunities. They embraced the experience and were even interviewed for a video to be used in a NHSA social media campaign promoting the Head Start Advantage! During Head Start Awareness Month we are proud to roll out their interviews - they were nothing short of courageous in sharing their very personal stories.

Look for them soon on our Alumni Network Facebook page!

We expect more amazing things from these Head Starters and congratulate them on their continued success!