Thanks to an incredible show of support, diligence and hard work by Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper, Roosevelt High School senior Daniel Rivera will receive some much needed help with furthering his education.
Assemblywoman Earlene Hooper says she was impressed with Daniel Rivera from the moment she met him in Albany. Daniel represented the Assemblywoman’s district at the Angelo del Toro Youth Hispanic Conference in late April. Daniel was selected by his Roosevelt ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers on the basis of his grades, behavior, effort and extraordinary willingness to learn. As Hooper and Daniel talked that weekend, the Assemblywoman discovered that this student had decided that he could not afford to go to college. Discouraged by Daniel’s decision, Hooper began gathering agencies in Nassau County to facilitate and see what could be done to assist the young man.
On Friday June 6, 2008, all of the contacted parties met in the Roosevelt School District and the wheels began churning toward the road to success for Daniel. By the end of the meeting, this Roosevelt senior had, under the supervision of Assemblywoman Hooper, and with the help of Nassau Community College Vice-President Craig J. Wright, secured admission to NCC. He was told that his tuition and books would be paid for through secured funds. With the assistance of the Hispanic Task Force, he will be obtaining a job, and the Nassau County Department of Human Resources has agreed to assist Daniel with finding a place to live.
Because Daniel has faced many challenges since arriving in this country, counseling services were offered to this native of El Salvador. The Hispanic Counseling Center has said they will even assist him with receiving Metro cards to attend Nassau Community College.
Just when everyone thought the meeting was ending, Assemblywoman Hooper announced that once Daniel had completed Nassau Community College, a seat was waiting for him at Old Westbury College and then the Hofstra School of Law, since he is interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice. The Assemblywoman said the only requirement to all this good news was that once Daniel made it, that he reach back and help someone else. Daniel graduates on June 28th where he will give the welcome speech.