Toppenish student named one of five "Afterschool Ambassadors" in the nation

Photo: AfterSchool Alliance

TOPPENISH, Wash. - A Toppenish High School student is one of five students selected in the country to serve as a Youth Afterschool Ambassador.

The Afterschool Alliance announced 11th-grader Marisol Romero as one of the five students selected for the inaugural class, in a Oct. 31 press release.

Romero joins the following students recognized in this initiative.

  • Ruben Balderas from Walla Walla Washington’s FORWARD Program
  • Maya Irvine from Camdenton, Missouri’s Camdenton FIRST LASER Robotics Team
  • Harli Jo McKinney from Stratford Oklahoma’s C3 After School
  • Kaleb Robertson from Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Boys & Girls Club of Greater Green Bay

Northwest Community Action Center's Beth Monfils will mentor Romero as she showcases the importance of after-school programs with a project and a blog post for the Afterschool Alliance blog: Afterschool Snack.

The Alliance says the honorees will also travel to Washington, D.C., in April 2018 to participate in the annual Afterschool for All Challenge, where they will meet with members of Congress and their staff.

Romero, who attends the 21st Century Afterschool and Summer Program at Safe Haven Community Center says her after-school program made a big difference in her life.

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