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Latino Community Leadership Day Provides Workshops and Networking for Students at CNHS

Colts Neck High School, in conjunction with Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ), hosted the first Latino Community Leadership Day on May 14th.  Sixty CNHS students of Latino descent were invited to participate in career workshops and networking activities. 

The Latino Community Leadership Day sought to impact students' attitudes, behavior, and self-efficiency toward work readiness, post-secondary educational opportunities, and future careers. The workshops focused on empowering students to achieve educational and professional success, enhance the relevance of students’ classroom learning and increase student understanding of the value of education. Business teacher Robin Soriano came up with the idea for this wonderful learning opportunity.

JANJ’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people in grades K-12 to succeed in a global economy through real-world relationships with business, government, and education partners that can help students develop the employability and financial literacy skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. The group’s innovative hands-on curriculum – provided at no cost to schools, students, or their families – emphasizes real-world learning experiences, and motivates youth to achieve by connecting them with corporate and community role models committed to investing in their future.

JANJ partnered with Horizon BCBSNJ's Latin American Cultural Organization (LACO) to host the Latino Community Leadership Day at Colts Neck.  LACO's mission is to promote the rich Latin-American culture, heritage, and history, celebrate our many accomplishments, educate others about our people and help all Latin-Americans at Horizon BCBSNJ in their endeavors toward success.

The program, which was well received by the students, empowered the group to believe in themselves and showed that they can make a difference in the world and contribute to their communities.