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Association for the Advancement of Mexican-American Scholars to be the first in her family to graduate from college

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Countless families on the southeast side of Houston can point to an organization that has helped them achieve their goals during difficult times. The Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans, also known as AAMA, is celebrating 50 years of serving the Hispanic community through workforce development, substance abuse counseling, and education.

The organization has some of its greatest impact through the George I. Sanchez Charter School. Aurora Diaz, a former student, credits her time at the school for success at the University of Houston.

“After I left here, I became a full-time student,” says Diaz. “That’s when I got pregnant.” “My mother at the time, said, ‘Come to school, I’ll watch over him. You’re at school and he’s taken care of.” She really wanted me to finish. “

Aurora says the skills she first learned at Sanchez got her through the seven-year journey to a college degree.

“Finally I made it. You know, first generation students here, and that’s what our family is all about. They want better for your child. My mother immigrated from Mexico. And that’s the end goal. For your kids to do better. “My mom is so proud of me, that makes me really emotional,” says Diaz.

Matthew Rosas, an administrator and lead counselor, works with students, like Diaz, from Latino families who are facing challenges.

“We have caring teachers. We have passionate administrators. We have a school community and AAMA support services are provided to students and their families,” said Rosas. “. “We have students who have gone back to being teachers. We have students who have turned to be engineers.”

Diaz says an employee’s understanding and appreciation of Latino culture can make all the difference.

“The fact that there are staff here who speak Spanish, understand their culture, their heritage and can talk to them about it, the more comfortable they are to ask questions and the more they serve their students. better”. Rose board.

Diaz said she’s looking forward to graduating from college, and beyond.

“I’m just going to be very happy, and I know my family will be very happy, and it doesn’t stop there,” she said. “What’s next, what do I do next?”

Diaz is about to graduate with a degree in human development and family studies with a minor in education. She said she hopes to use her degree to teach.

The AAMA Gala takes place on Saturday, December 11th. You can find more information about AAMA website.

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