On Wednesday, March 25th STEAM Box concluded The Journey De La Guagua. Victor Ramos kicked off our month of solidarity with his film, La Guagua. Ivette Luna added great support conducting workshops all month. On the 25th, an all star cast of community leaders visited the youth in a panel discussion.
Providence City Council President Pro Tempe, Sabina Matos spoke about her journey to the United States and learning English by reading subtitles on television.
Roberto Gonzalez celebrated the diversity in the room, while sharing his experience becoming the first Latino Judge in RI.
Mayor James Diossa shared a lot about his passion for public service.
New Police Captain Oscar Perez spoke about assimilation, qualifying for work with the Police Department, and the struggle of being isolated as an English Learner (which was a common theme). Ivette Luna moderated the discussion, and Victor Ramos had great advice for youth chasing their dreams. He shared his experience filming La Guagua, along with a lot of great advice for the youth of Alvarez High School. The students came prepared with a lot of great questions, and had the courage to challenge our leaders on local current issues and events. I hope this all star panel comes back soon.