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Mountain View High School Partners With Latinas Guiding Latinas

Anne Donofrio-Holter

Mountain View High School has partnered with Latinas Guiding Latinas (LGL) de UCLA to provide college-focused mentoring for its students.  These services include weekly after school workshops that focus on college-related topics and the opportunity for a Viking senior to receive a scholarship.
“LGL, which is run by UCLA students, has mentored students in East Los Angeles for 25 years,” said teacher Michael Weller.  “Thanks to the leadership of Mountain View High School alumni Brenda Rivera, LGL has expanded its services to Mountain View High School.”
According to Weller, LGL has secured funding from UCLA for this program expansion and is able to provide its services to Mountain View High School for almost no cost.
On Shadow Day, an event which took place recently at UCLA, Mountain View High School students “shadowed” an LGL mentor as he or she attended classes.  Students also heard a keynote speech from UCLA professor Denise Pacheco and participated in workshops on a variety of topics including financial aid, internships and campus housing options.
In addition to Rivera, El Monte Union High School District alumni Anna Parra (El Monte High School) and Maria Luna (Mountain View High School) lead the weekly workshops at Mountain View High School along with Fernando Lopez.
“LGL plans to continue to provide services to Mountain View High School in future years,” said Weller.  “We expect to be able to take students on additional LGL field trips to other area colleges.”

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