Cafe con Leche helps students through the Road to college program
WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) — Cafe con Leche’s Road to College program helps children prepare for the next step after high school.
Founder Gonzalo Robles wanted to talk about the importance of a college education and what the program does and can do to prepare kids for that next level. He believes there are great minds in our city who could go on and do great things.
“It definitely helped open a bunch of doors,” said Wichita Falls High School senior Angela Duran. “It also helped me develop my leadership skills and how to handle certain situations.”
Families of Road to College children came together to learn more about what the program does, and for one parent, the program showed significant signs of improvement for their children.
“She was able to express herself more, be more of a leader,” said Juan Tello, a parent with children on the program. “He went from more honest to more integrity. My eldest daughter went from having Ds and Cs to full A’s.
He said it is amazing to see the program having a different impact on children and growing them in areas that need it.
“They know what to say, they know what to do,” Tello said. “They give them the confidence they need to do whatever they need in life. They also give them the assurance that they will be able to help them get where they want to be one day.
And it all starts with that mentality.
“Certainly just to make sure we know the gist of what we want to do, even if we’re not just doing it to make sure we have the I’m going to college mentality,” Duran said.
District 69 State Representative James Frank was a guest speaker and he said it was amazing what the program was able to do, and the biggest thing it does is give children an additional opportunity to reach their full potential.
“A lot of kids don’t know what they want, but that’s okay,” Frank said. “The more skills you add, whether it’s certifications, degrees, courses, languages, the more things you do, the more opportunities you’ll have.”
Thanks to the Road to College program, children are ready for the next step.
“I really feel like I’m very prepared. I really know where to look for scholarships, I know who to go to when I need to know something,” Duran said.
Anyone can join the Road to College program, but children must be in at least 5th grade. Robles recommends starting as early as possible so they can work with kids longer to prepare them for college.
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