Karina’s passion for the environment has taken her to Tufts University, where she is focusing on environmental science. She plans to create innovative solutions for the problems impacting our planet, taking advantage of every opportunity along the way. She graduated from Chelsea High School. Karina’s parents immigrated to the US from El Salvadore and Honduras.
Lana is aiming to become a cardiologist and position herself to serve the less fortunate within her community. She’s a graduate of Malden High School, pursuing her degree at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, and a strong advocate for sharing knowledge and skills.
Amira does not let her life circumstances hold her back. At Bay Path University, Massachusetts, she plans to major in interior design. She’s a graduate of Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, where she was student council vice president, excelled in sports, and won multiple awards. Amira is passionate about architecture, drafting, and carpentry and has helped rebuild homes destroyed by a hurricane in North Carolina. She’s a youth peer leader in Mothers for Justice and Equality, a nonprofit working to end neighborhood violence.
Carla Duran is a student at Middlesex Community College and a 2016 graduate of Lowell High School. As a young woman who immigrated to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic five years ago, she was a shy high school student still mastering English, and transformed herself into an outgoing, confident powerhouse winning a statewide award for her work mentoring students on civic education and action. She also presented at the Massachusetts State House and at the Boston Book Festival as an co-author of a student written book on the key Supreme Court cases, Federal laws, and concepts essential to American diversity. She is also a co-author of the book “Defining Diversity”, an alumna of the Student Leadership board for Generation Citizen, and a participant of the Obama Foundation: Training Young Leaders. [more..]