Our 2018 - 2019 year kicked off with multiple capacity building support offers from The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
In July, we received a sponsorship from the office of 1st District Supervisor, Hilda Solis, providing us the opportunity to develop a new 3-year strategic plan with consultants from Executive Service Corps. This nine-month program will guide our executive director and board of directors through multiple training sessions that will result in us producing detailed organizational goals, objectives, and action plans through 2022.
Additionally, PLUS ME also received a sponsorship to participate in 2nd District's Capacity Building and Leadership Development Program. This program hosted by Mark Ridley Thomas' office and Community Partners helps small to mid-size organizations achieve greater organizational sustainability, programmatic effectiveness, and financial strength. Through eight monthly training and coaching sessions, we will strengthen and expand PLUS ME's capacity to serve its constituents.
We are honored to have earned their support and look forward to building our capacity and growing our impact throughout the year!
I remember how much I struggled when writing my college personal statement as a transfer student back in 2009. I had no idea what to write and constantly felt overwhelmed by the process.
While moving last year, I found it in a folder and was shocked by how little it did to showcase my resiliency at that age. Instead of highlighting how I overcame my lung collapsing three times and maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I wrote about the struggle of being a TA at an elementary school.
They would not specify why, but I still believe the reason I did not get accepted to Occidental College the first time I applied was due to my subpar personal statement. I cringed and felt embarrassed for my former 20-year old self after reading it for a few minutes and then it clicked. This was another reason why I launched PLUS ME Project.
Writing a personal statement when applying to college or grad school is one of the toughest things a student must do. I experienced it first hand and have now committed myself to making it easier for others.
Our Storytellers PLUS ME curriculum guides students through a 10-hour process helping them identify and share their own powerful, resilient personal narratives. They each get to share their stories in front of their peers and leave with the building blocks that they use when writing their college personal statements.
Help me continue to bring this important work to more students this year by supporting our #5Years5Days5Dollars campaign in celebration of PLUS ME’s 5th anniversary or bringing our program to your school!
Richard Reyes is the founder and executive director of PLUS ME Project. To contact Richard, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org