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Head Start Alumni Spotlight: Jorge Rodriguez

In honor of Head Start’s 50th Anniversary and Head Start Awareness Month, the National Head Start Association will be highlighting Head Start alumni each weekday in October. We will begin the month with Head Start’s youngest learners and conclude the celebration with the Head Start Class of 1965. As the month progresses, these alumni stories will exemplify the short-term and long-term benefits Head Start has provided for our nation’s most vulnerable children and families for the past 50 years.

"My name is Jorge Juan Rodriguez V and I am an alumnus of Head Start. I am the son of two Puerto Rican migrants who came to the United States without knowledge of the language, culture, or setting; all they knew was that America was the land of prosperity and opportunity. Though many would be discouraged by the daunting task of establishing a family in a completely foreign land, my parents took it as a challenge, knowing that the possible reward of a better life for themselves and their child far outweighed any possible risk. This drive pushed them to find any and all opportunities, and perhaps the most influential was enrolling me in Head Start."

- Jorge Rodriguez in a blog post for the Clinton Foundation earlier this year.