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Mentors Making a Difference in Student’s Lives

A group of Hispanic business professionals fueled by their accomplishments and seasoned by their journey will be spreading the wealth with local students under a mentorship program soon to be launched. . .

     An accountant, a financial adviser, college professors and a media maven are among the eight volunteers from the Hispanic Business Committee Mentorship program who plan to make a foray into the local school system.
    “Meeting with students is probably the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” said Jim Gonzalez, a stockbroker for Morgan Stanley.
    Gonzalez, who heads up the program, already has some experience in the classroom working with students.
    “It’s amazing how much students open up to you” when the person dispensing the wisdom is not an authority figure, he said. “We come in and hook up one on one. It makes them a lot more receptive and open.”
    The Hispanic Business Committee Mentorship program formed in January 2004 as part of the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.
    “People who make a contribution to your life, (who) make an impact — (I want to) pass that on as gratitude to the people who mentored me,” Gonzalez said. “One person in particular. If one person can do that for me, I can do that for somebody else.”
    A scholarship program netted $2,500 in donations at the group’s Excelencia Awards gala. Five scholarships will be handed out, one to each of the local high schools with senior classes, to aid Hispanic students who are college bound. Applications will be accepted through March 31.

For more information about this program, visit The Signal's website!