Friday, August 6, 2010

YMCA Latino Achievers announces 100% graduation rate, new director Carol Cubillo Seals

Video source: Vimeo

Nashville's YMCA Latino Achievers (formerly YMCA Hispanic Achievers) recently announced a 100% high school graduation rate, 57 student acceptances to institutions of higher education, the departure of Director Jessie Garcia Van De Griek, the promotion of Carol Cubillo Seals as Jessie's replacement, and the addition of Kathleen Fuchs as full-time coordinator.

The statement is below, and following the statement is an interview of Jessie by Cristina Allen on her program ¿Qué Pasa Nashville?
Photo source: YLA Facebook page
YMCA Latino Achievers has had a great year.

100% of participating high school seniors graduated from high school from Middle Tennessee high schools.

57 young people have applied for and been accepted to several Tennessee colleges and universities.

487 young people learned the college process, had an opportunity to attend college tours, World of Work Tours, participated in a World of Work Seminar and were mentored on the importance of cultural heritage. Our students had the opportunity to go to a motivational seminar called La Sangre Llama, visited the Frist, and engaged with many of our community partners to experience the responsibility of becoming leaders in their communities.

Last fall, Carol Cubillo Seals joined the YLA team as coordinator. Carol brings an appreciation for education and a strong love of cultural heritage. Her innate ability to speak truth and hope into the lives of our program participants has been powerful to witness, not to mention her sense of order! It is with great pleasure that I announce Carol has been promoted to Director of the YMCA Latino Achievers program. Carol has a strong vision for the next stage of Latino Achievers. I hope you'll take time to email her and congratulate her at

Kathleen Fuchs, Intern extraordinaire, recently graduated from Vanderbilt University. In her time with YLA, Kathleen has added an enthusiasm for community and has been an incredible mentor for Latino Achievers participants. Kathleen joined our team this summer full time as YLA Coordinator. You can email Kata at

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