During the visit, Vera met with members of the middle school’s STEM Academy, a cutting-edge program that addresses the interests of middle school students while incorporating the national standards in math, science, and technology utilizing the Project Lead Way curriculum.
“I had a great afternoon spending time with these kids today,” said Vera. “They are smart, and this academy will help them work towards achieving their goals while staying away from bad influences.”
Established in 2007, Cashman’s STEM Academy introduces students to the many fields of engineering and serves as the program of choice for students seeking an education that answers 21st century challenges.
“It was incredible to have Chito visit us and share his story of strength, perseverance, and hard work,” said Debbie Palacios, Cashman STEM Academy Director. “Our students connected with him through our shared language and experience and see him as a role model who has been able to achieve his goals. We are so thankful to UFC for the opportunity.”
Communities In Schools of Nevada, an educational partner of Cashman Middle School, is the nation’s leading evidence-based stay-in-school organization, serving 108 schools across the state – nearly one in five Title I or high-needs schools.
“It meant a lot for us to have Chito come and visit us here at Cashman Middle School,” said Karina Palacios, CIS Nevada Youth Coordinator. “Our students were able to ask him about his career and hear about his journey to UFC. It was amazing for them to connect with him on a personal level, in both English and Spanish, and that’s something they won’t forget!
To commemorate Noche UFC and Hispanic Heritage Month, the UFC Foundation made a $5,000 donation to Communities In Schools of Nevada to further assist the mission and goals of the STEM Academy. To learn more, please visit www.cisnevada.org.
UFC’s corporate social responsibility program, #UFCInTheCommunity, strategically collaborates with partners, sponsors, and athletes to develop additional charitable programs and funding sources to help bolster and inspire the local community. For more information, please visit UFCFOUNDATION.
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