From Student to Mentor
24th Oct 2018
Francisco attended the CPLC Community Center after-school program as a teen. When one of our mentors asked Francisco about his college plans, he replied that he wasn't going to college--he couldn't afford it. Our team worked with Francisco to obtain a scholarship to ASU, where he earned degrees in microbiology and biochemistry.
But that's just the beginning of the story.
Now that Francisco has completed his education, he is ready to move on to a career as a Pharmacist--and come back to the CPLC Community Center as a volunteer to help today's youth get excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Latinos and minorities are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, and many young Latinos do not have a role model in a STEM career. Francisco is just one small piece of our efforts to change that.
By making STEM approachable, he helps students build confidencein their abilities. And if they are confident about themselves at a young age, they're much more likely to succeed in the future.