Seeds of Hope
Meet Mariela Seeds of Hope After School Coordinator by Terri Durham, Office Coordinator
fter-school program coordinator, Mariela Medel, believes the future can be better for every child who walks through the door
at the Mondo Anaya Community Center because she was once just like them. Growing up in a low-income single-parent home she understands the hardships
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many of our kids go through, but she doesn’t let it define her. She’s worked for Seeds of Hope since 1998 starting out as a peer leader while still in high school, moving up to after school assistant after graduating, and is now the after school coordinator. The strong bond she formed with the former after school coordinator is what motivates her to be an influential role model, hoping to be that same supportive mentor to someone else. She focuses on the positive in every child and encourages them to make good choices and stay in school. Mariela leads by example. After graduating from high school Mariela was unable to start college because of her legal status. It took a lot longer than expected to remedy the situation, and by the time she became a legal resident she was also a wife and mom. The dream of going to college had faded and seemed out of reach, until now. Fourteen years after graduating from high
school, Mariela is enrolled at Central Arizona College this fall. And some of her biggest supporters are the kids she mentors in the after school program. At Seeds of Hope, leadership comes in many shapes and forms. It’s not about having a title, experience, or a degree; its people making a difference in the lives of those they touch. And Mariela is making a difference in the lives of kids every day.
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