Eduardo lives in a community that is heavily stigmatized due to violence. Opportunities to break from the vicious cycle of poverty and violence are limited. Making it difficult for Eduardo, as well as his classmates, to believe in themselves and dream of a brighter future. In 2012, Eduardo joined the Debate Club and said this of his first debate mentor: “what we learned in the club wasn’t the biggest thing…the biggest thing was that Maritza believed in me, and the other students – more than our teachers, our friends, and our own community.” Thanks to mentors, and a newfound self-confidence, Eduardo has graduated from high school and now goes to college while also serving as a debate club mentor.
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