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ESL

Entrepreneur achieves through education

Posted: October 25, 2022

Melkyn Mazariegos came to the U.S. from Guatemala as a teenager to support his family and make a better life for himself.

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Advocacy

Neighborhood leader makes an impact

Posted: October 25, 2022

Darlin is co-founder of Voces del Canal, a volunteer advocacy group that is focused on improving the canal community.

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Civic Engagement

University student gives back

Posted: October 25, 2022

Britney Guiterrez Calderon registered new voters and advocated for equitable public infrastructure in the Canal community.

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Client Story

Graduate looks to the future

Posted: October 25, 2022

Maria Espinosa is among Cal Poly Humboldt’s first graduating class of 2022. She has been part of our University Prep program since middle school, took advantage of outdoor enrichment opportunities through high school.

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Advocacy

Scientist inspires young Latinas

Posted: October 25, 2022

Krystal Sandza is a technical scientist at BioMarin and a role model for young women in our University Prep program who are exploring STEM careers. This kind of mentorship is critical for students who are the first in their families to attend college.  

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Outdoors & Recreation

Jordan Vasquez: Student volunteer becomes a mentor to immigrant youth

Posted: October 25, 2022

Jordan Vasquez started out as a volunteer teacher’s aide at Canal Alliance helping immigrants speak English. Jordan is now helping immigrant youth in the OFY program as the Client success Mentor Coordinator.

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Client Story

A budding flower business takes root 

Posted: October 25, 2022

Fifteen years ago, Iris Y. de Leon learned to speak English by taking ESL classes at Canal Alliance. This year she started her own flower business. 

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Client Story

English language classes open doors for immigrants 

Posted: October 17, 2022

When adults improve their communication and technology skills, their education and career opportunities expand, which not only benefits them, but also their families and their community

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Housing

Supporting tenants at 400 Canal

Posted: October 11, 2022

Residents of an apartment building located at 400 Canal Street are faced with potential loss of their housing, having received ‘buy-out’ letters from the building’s new corporate ownership,

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Client Story

Gabriela Araceli Guiterrez and Filemon Para Hernandez: U.S. citizens and new voters

Posted: September 21, 2022

In this interview, Gabriela and Filemon detail their incredible journey, ongoing pursuit of educational opportunities, and what citizenship means to their family.  

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