Andrea embodies the “go get it” attitude of her hometown, Santiago Atitlan. As the largest indigenous run town in Central America, Tzutujil is spoken as a first language and Spanish is learned in schools. Andrea’s can-do spirit makes her invaluable in her role as the internship program supervisor, advocating and offering feedback for all students in this job readiness program. She also serves as the head of the Starfish graduate program, designed at connected high school seniors and Starfish alumni with scholarships and university support, in addition to her mentoring duties.
Andrea understands what “esfuerzo,” or hardwork, means. In high school, she lived away from home working and studying so that one day her education would help her family get ahead. When she finished, she returned to her parents home in Santiago so that her younger sister could study. Andrea continues her own studies in her 5th semester of her university social work degree.
Students look to Andrea because she understands the challenge it is to pursue education and a better future when those around them do not. Her outspoken nature pushes our Starfish pioneers to advocate for themselves at home, at school, and in their internships.
Posted on January 7, 2013