Sánchez Scholars and their parents share the impact that the program has had on them.
Ten Sánchez Scholars participated in a 4-week summer podcasting workshop to learn about storytelling, interviewing techniques, and audio production. The workshop was possible thanks to a grant from the United Way of Dane County Loaned Executives program. Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Anjuli Brekke of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside developed the curriculum and taught the workshop. The students focused on interviewing friends and family members to create their own podcasts. We would also like to thank The Madison Public Library Media Lab – The Bubbler for hosting the program.
Karen Pérez-Wilson completed her first year as a law student at UW-Madison. She was a former High School Sánchez Scholar, Madison College Sánchez Scholar, and UW-Madison Sánchez Scholar. Karen also started Your Biggest Flan, as a small business to sell delicious flans.
Evelyn Cuellar Dominguez is a Bilingual Dual Language Immersion 5th grade Teacher at Nuestro Mundo Community School. She was a former High School Sánchez Scholar and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with ESL and Bilingual Education certification from Edgewood College.
The 2021 We Read Youth Voices Young Writer’s Contest is a collaboration between Madison Public Library, Forward Madison FC, and the Wisconsin Book Festival, with funding from the Madison Public Library Foundation. Young writers across Madison were encouraged to submit stories on the theme of Teamwork – but not to limit their ideas to sport.
“I’m so very proud of this particular group of Sanchez Scholars. I’m so happy that they are all graduating and they all have plans and they all feel supported,” Lesli Vázquez, coordinator of the high school Sánchez Scholars Program, tells Madison365. “I know that they are going places.”
“The unique thing about this event is that we’re celebrating all three Sánchez programs – Madison schools, Madison College, and UW-Madison,” Kathy Price, MMSD Scholarship Programs Coordinator, tells Madison365. “In his wisdom, Professor Roberto Sánchez crafted the structure to have a pathway for students.”