Federal and state student aid applications are lagging among California high school seniors. Still, Mendez High School in Boyle Heights is optimistic that it can build on previous success to make sure the majority of its seniors apply this year. The high school goes way above and beyond by setting early deadlines, messaging students on social media, reaching out to their parents, or visiting them in person at their homes to encourage them or help them complete an application. Read the full story.
Student Spotlight: Leadership roles on- and off-campus helped this Mendez Jaguar become an inclusive leader
We connected with Alyssa Carmona, a 12th-grade student at Mendez High School. Below, Alyssa shares more about her role as President of the Associated Student Body, Mendez’s governing student body, and how she’s learned to navigate the job’s responsibilities. "My...