Jacob Acosta (2011-2012)
I work as a mentor in the Chicano Studies Department/Journey Through Our Heritage. Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH) is an organization that mainly focuses on the community and the people. JTOH reaches out to the young people in the community and inner city high schools.
All of the mentors in JTOH are students currently enrolled in college. Each one of us works and mentors at different high schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the city. The purpose is to provide positive role models and recruit students into furthering their education at a college of some sort.
I mentor at Brady Exploration High School. I have been working there since the beginning of my freshman semester. I have created such a good bond with my students that I don’t even feel like their mentor, I feel like more of a friend. We meet weekly and prepare for upcoming events throughout the year such as the cultural expression, jeopardy, and essay writing events. Each of the events prepares and tests the student's knowledge, which empowers and educates them.
I also work at the Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is a community organization geared towards kids ages 7-19. The Boys and Girls Club host many events from taking the children on field trips, museums, and Rockies games. The Boys and Girls Club is one of the happiest environments I’ve ever worked in.
I am very happy to work for these different organizations and high schools. I will also continue to further my own education, so I can help out others in the future.