In addition to raising scholarship funds at our upcoming gala, one of my top priorities is to recognize some individuals who are using their platforms to make a major difference in the lives of underserved youth and communities.
Honoree #1 is an Oak Cliff millennial/Harvard Grad making a gamechanging difference in his hometown. Champion In The Community:Mr. Adan Gonzalez...From Oak Cliff to Georgetown to Harvard Adan Gonzalez is Founder and Executive Director of the Puede Network!, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help disadvantaged students keep up their grades, perform community service, and develop leadership skills. He grew up in South Oak Cliff, one of the toughest, poorest neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. He is the son of two Mexican immigrants and the 1st in his family to go to college thanks to a full academic scholarship to Georgetown University courtesy of the Coca Cola Scholars Program. During his undergraduate time at Georgetown, Adan interned at the White House under President Barack Obama. His post-graduate journey took him to Harvard where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. Since graduation, he has moved back home to Oak Cliff and is now teaching third Grade at James Bowie Elementary School in the Oak Cliff community that raised him.
Follow Adan and the Si Se Puede Network @ www.puedenetwork.com