The Esperanza Effect Newsletter: August 2019

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Alumna Inspires Students to Pursue Their Goals

Celeste Brito-Guzman is the smiling face that greets visitors at Esperanza Cyber Charter School (ECCS), the place she began her journey to success. Celeste is fully committed to helping other Esperanza students achieve their dreams, blossom, and pursue their goals.

Celeste is an example of perseverance. She graduated from ECCS while experiencing difficult health struggles and upon graduation she enrolled at Esperanza College of Eastern University (ECEU) where she earned her A.A. in Community and Human Services. She is now pursuing her B.A. in Social Work at Eastern University.

“I was able to get the confidence I needed. Coming here changed my life.”

It is thanks to YOUR support, that Celeste jumpstarted her career and can now inspire others to do the same.

Gabriel Garriga Dares to Break ‘Generational Curses’ at Esperanza College

Gabriel grew up on Cayuga Street in Hunting Park, North Philadelphia. He was the first in his father’s lineage to graduate from college. Gabriel is all about breaking generational curses and making his family proud.

After personal health struggles made it necessary to switch schools, Gabriel received a recommendation to apply to Esperanza College of Eastern University (ECEU) and enrolled as a Business Administration major. Gabriel loved the way ECEU focused on visual learning and individualized attention. He found himself thriving in an atmosphere that encouraged him to build on his strengths.

Today, as he works toward his B.A. in Business Marketing at Eastern University, Gabriel aspires to start his own graphic design business and continue to nurture his passions for marketing, communications, and entrepreneurship.

Gabriel wants ECEU students and alumni to know that they, too, can “break generational curses, know their worth, and come here to get their degree.”

Teatro Esperanza Launches 2019-2020 Season

After a successful run of shows in the first half of 2019, Teatro Esperanza is gearing up for its first full season! Tickets are now available to all 2019-2020 performances and events.  Whether you’re an avid filmgoer, a casual dance patron, or looking for a fun show for the whole family, you’ll love what Teatro Esperanza has coming this year. Check out the full slate of Teatro Esperanza’s program offerings and create-your-own ticket packages!

Teatro Esperanza will kick-off its inaugural season this fall with DeCerca/UpClose, a free event featuring Latinx dancers of the Pennsylvania Ballet on Friday, September 6, 2019 sponsored by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE).

Reserve your free tickets here and be sure to check out the full season lineup for a glimpse at all the diverse performances coming to North Philadelphia in 2019-2020!

We Appreciate You!

Thank you for joining our call to serve “the least of these”! We appreciate your investment in our programs and services as we work collectively towards empowering and strengthening our Hispanic community.

As we prepare for a busy Fall, you can look forward to a variety of activities taking place on our campus, including the third annual Minorities in Health Sciences Symposium at Esperanza College, DeCerca—the season-opening of Teatro Esperanza featuring dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the chess queens at Esperanza Academy once again as they compete in chess tournaments in Philadelphia and across the nation. Read: Esperanza Academy’s Chess Queens Defend their Title.

For now, Esperanza wishes every one of you a relaxing and inspiring end of summer and plenty of sunshine!