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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 12:25pm

JCC recently hosted a Hispanic Outreach Leadership and Ambassador (HOLA) workshop.

Approximately 40 Hispanic students from both Dunkirk High School and the Chautauqua Striders program in Jamestown participated in the session. The workshop was facilitated by renowned cultural speaker Kyle Reyes, who specializes in workshops focused on cultural identity and education.

“The workshop was an interactive exploration of identity, heritage, and story,” notes Kirk Young, JCC’s vice president of enrollment management and institutional advancement. “Many students are trying to find their sense of place and belonging in our educational settings, from kindergarten through college.

“Historically underrepresented students face challenges with engagement, connection, and validation of ‘who’ they are as individuals,” added Dr. Young. “Artistic expression has proven to be a powerful method for students to unpack their feelings and thoughts associated with how they can take ownership of their educational goals and future.”   

The event was made possible by a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Katharine Jackson Carnahan Endowment for the Humanities.

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