About the RAPSA Courage Award
The RAPSA (Reaching At-Promise Students Association) Courage Award is given to students who demonstrate courage in overcoming obstacles and pursuing academic excellence and dreams. Nominees for the RAPSA Courage Award are reengaged students or others who have faced unusual barriers to completing their high school education and did so recognizing the value of a high school diploma for personal, family or community accomplishments. Students who win the RAPSA Courage Award receive scholarships of $1,000 each.
Our 2023 Courage Award Recipients
Jaqueline Ramirez is a December 2022 graduate of our East LA site at LA CAUSA YouthBuild. She is currently attending East Los Angeles College, and she plans to study Criminal Justice. Her teacher, Mr. Peña, nominated Jaqueline for the RAPSA Courage Award because "as a mother and student who immigrated to this country, she has shown a tenacity that is relentless and a motivation to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom. Jaqueline is an exemplary individual and her success is a true measure of her perseverance."
Yoselin Reyes is a December 2022 graduate of our Canoga Park site at RUTH YouthBuild. She is currently attending National Career College where she is studying in the Medical Assistant program. Her counselor, Ms. Henriquez, nominated Yoselin because, over the past four years, "Yoselin has shown again and again the incredible courage and determination that she has to reach her goals. She has overcome innumerable obstacles to build a better future for herself and for her children."
Congratulations, Jaqueline and Yoselin! We are so proud of you both!