Washington Heights and Inwood Youth Council President Othanya Garcia is featured in New Latina talking about education and academic success among Latino youth. Check it out.
“La educación es la mejor herencia…” was a phrase Othanya, a 17-year old high school senior, repeatedly heard from her Dominican immigrant parents. Othanya was recently accepted to Columbia University, with a full 4-year scholarship — everything covered, including books and housing.
I sat down for lunch the other day with this amazing young lady. I heard about her when my brother-in-law, the director of a youth program at a community center in northern Manhattan, text messaged me a question Othanya had asked him: “Which college is best? Columbia or Cornell? I have a Dominican student here that got accepted into both, full scholarship.” I was immediately excited for this Latina student, and very impressed by her achievement.