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Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013

Ricky Vides
CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern
Los Angeles, CA
Saint Mary’s College of California
M.A., Counseling  

My name is Ricky Vides, I was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. My mother immigrated from Santa Tecla, El Salvador in the early 1980s. The ongoing spiritual journey with higher education and direct service is a mere reflection of the built-in value system my mother organized as a visionary. Education and service to others were essential components of my early development. I am a first-generation college graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. After college, I served our country as a Lasallian Volunteer, a national volunteer organization rooted in principles of community, service, and faith. The organization is an operating branch of AmeriCorps, which awarded me the Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award for my commitment.  As volunteer, I served as a caseworker for court-adjudicated youth returning home from Rhode Island’s correctional facilities for two years. The experience marked a transformation as a lifelong learner and advocate for community empowerment. The youth and families I mentored were of Afro-Latino Caribbean backgrounds. Having lived in California the majority of my life, the experience was cross-cultural.

In 2011, I returned to Berkeley and carried on my passions with community involvement and worked with ninth-grade youth as an academic- adviser at Berkeley High School. The program I worked for was appropriately called RISE, which stood for Respect, Integrity, Strength, and Empowerment. RISE has on-site advisers and counselors who lead a summer bridge, helping young people adjust into the upcoming high school setting. I mainly worked with included students who were new to the country and participated in English Language Development programs, student from neighboring middle schools who were struggling academically, and students who traditionally did well in the classroom, but need social support. RISE is designed to merge a diverse population of young people in a setting that will mutually empower academic achievement. The experiential wisdom I have acquired in my recent history requires that I frame my gratitude and accomplishments in the context of acknowledging all the youth I have served. I also find it necessary to pedestal the dedicated mothers and fathers who invest in their children’s future. In addition, I want to thank all my dedicated colleagues who harden the character of our country by converting educational investments into future profits for our society.

As of June of 2012, I enrolled in a counseling program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. My recent plan of study includes a specialization in college student services and marriage and family therapy. I am also working as an ambassador of the Lasallian Volunteer program on campus. My goals for the future is to build strong connections with our local, state and federal governments in hope of one day expanding the agency I volunteered for in Rhode Island into a national network. The process will involve a tremendous effort from social engineers who will design a public policy platform that fits the evolving needs of a shifting society. I want to thank CHCI for the opportunity to stand side by side with the current and future leaders of our country.    


Past Scholar of the Month

Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
Alexis Nava Teodoro - January 2013
Cristina Gil - December 2012
Roy Nuñez -- November 2012 Scholar
Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
Natalie Chiriboga - April Scholar
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Monica Avila -- February 2011
Daniel R. Lopez -- December 2010
Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
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