Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
RECOGNIZING THE STEP AHEAD TO SUCCESS FARMWORKER YOUTH PROGRAM
(House of Representatives - June 26, 2002)
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[Pages H3931-H3932] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING THE STEP AHEAD TO SUCCESS FARMWORKER YOUTH PROGRAM (Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.) Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, I recognize the Step Ahead to Success Farmworker Youth Program and congratulate the program's 2002 graduates. I want to especially commend the program's director, Maria Garza, and Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver, whose tireless efforts have made this program a great success. Since its inception in late 2000, the program has provided 275 at- risk young [[Page H3932]] people from farmworker families with services to help develop their academic, social, and safety skills. In Miami-Dade, 50 young people have received leadership training and FCAT tutoring and have participated in several community service activities. One amazing young man, Jose Rodriguez, came to the program with a 1.2 grade point average and was behind credits for graduation. But the program helped Jose to improve his grades, receive a stipend for financial help, graduate on time; and he will soon begin to serve our country upon finishing the Marine Corps basic training on July 27. I want to thank all of the dedicated workers of the Farmworker Youth Program for their unending devotion to these children. ____________________