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December 2015 Junior Alumnus of the Month

Full Name: Carla Joan Carmona

CHCI Program: R2L NextGen Program

Current School: Escuela Liceo Ponceño

Hometown: Peñuelas, Puerto Rico

Carla Joan Carmona has found inspiration within her family to be successful. Born to a humble family in the southern part of Puerto Rico, Carla is cognizant of the sacrifices that have been made by her grandmothers and her mother in order for her to receive a private school education. Carla has not taken this for granted and is determined to be successful and become a voice for Latino’s across the country.

Carla is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Association of Student Councils. She mentioned that after taking part in CHCI’s R2L NextGen program, she found a purpose for taking part in her extracurricular activities and is “no longer content with following” – she is determined to lead. Carla is excited to start college next fall and is anxious to explore different horizons. As a published author of two books, Carla hopes to major in pre-law with a concentration in creative writing and eventually attend a nationally recognized law school.

In the next 5-10 years, Carla sees herself starting an organization to advocate for Latinos nationwide where she can continue to grow. Carla firmly believes that as Latinos our voices matter and should be heard. This is an issue that she would like to spearhead in an attempt to get more Latino youth involved in the political process.

Participating in the R2L NextGen program made Carla realize that she is “an integral part of this nation’s future.” She also strongly believes that “Latino youth need programs like R2L NextGen to notice that we are the future of this nation.” Carla aspires to motivate Latino youth so that every Latino student seems themselves as a leader. She believes that as young leaders, “we could make a difference in our communities and forever change the course of our history.”

CHCI congratulates Carla for her strong passion and commitment towards advancing the Latino community. CHCI is proud to have Carla as part of the CHCI familia!

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