Assemblywoman Galef Highlights Local Program That Targets First Generation College Students, on Her TV Show “Dear Sandy”

The latest installment of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef’s television program “Dear Sandy” highlights a new program, Latino U, which improves access to resources for families of first generation college students that will help them to navigate the application process. Galef is joined by Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Founder and Executive Director of Latino U and Felix Flores, a former Ossining elementary school principal who currently works as a consultant and advisor to Latino U and as a member of Proyecto Alcance, a parent group serving Latino families. Buontempo and Flores discuss with Galef how the Latino U program was developed and how it can be integrated into local communities. Galef’s district contains many first generation students, and her guests have experience educating and assisting students in the early stages of learning as well as students that are entering the college application process. Her guests shared that many college students desire to attend college early in their high school education, yet the application rate remains low. The guests believed that this is directly related to a complex and complicated college application process that can be intimidating, keeping many students from even applying. Latino U aims to make the college application process easier for those students and their parents. Buontempo and Flores also discuss the opportunities that the program creates, including free seminars available to the public, and the assistance it provides through their work with school guidance counselors. “I am pleased that Shirley and Felix joined me on my television show to discuss issues that are important to so many of the people I represent. The Latino U program is an asset to the district and it should be used by anyone who is a first generation college student. I look forward to seeing this program grow in our local community and schools, and to see how it may help to improve the college entrance process for first generation students going forward,” said Galef. To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

“Nurturing First Generation College Students” airs as follows:
Fridays, August 9, 16, 23 & 30
at 9:00 P.M. on
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15

(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)
Yorktown Channel 74

(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
Fridays, August 9, 16, 23 & 30
at 9:00 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8

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