A recent Tutor Corps high school graduate, Karen Santos’ Guadalupe Center story began with the After-school Tutoring Program. She says it was the beginning of her love for learning and her desire to give back.
In high school, Karen became a part of Tutor Corps, working in the After-school Program that started it all. This time, she was the role model sharing her knowledge and encouraging the next generation of students in Immokalee.
Karen has shared this journey with her Tutor Corps mentor, Heather Borelli, one of the most influential and impactful people in her life.
“Heather is a part of my family and someone who is always there for me,” says Karen. “She is a source of support and encourages me to be the best person I can be. Her kindness and strong character have greatly impacted me.”
Karen graduated from Immokalee High School with her diploma, 30 college credits and a scholarship to college that she earned through Tutor Corps in May. Already, she is enrolled at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, majoring in biology with a minor in neuroscience. She plans to attend medical school to become an optometrist with the goal of returning to Immokalee to help the community that has helped her.
“Being a part of the mentor program was such an incredible experience,” says Heather. “To see Karen’s continuous dedication to her After-school students, her studies, her family and to the many service projects she was involved with humbled me continually. My hope is that our friendship continues to grow, even as she goes off to college. The efforts of Guadalupe Center to bring the mentors and mentees together made it such a gratifying experience!”