Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.

High School Youth Tekies on College Access – Podcast Episode 74 | Classnotes Podcast 74

Hector BojorquezClassnotes Podcast (June 16, 2010) For many students, particularly students who are minority or economically disadvantaged, the dream of going to college is stymied by adultsaround them who deem them as not being “college material.” A group of high school students in San Antonio challenged that perception among hundreds of low-income, minority students, many of whom were low achieving in school, Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., director of the IDRA Texas Parent Information and Resource Center along with Hector Bojorquez , an IDRA education associate, interviews Youth Tekies Robert Adame, Bryan Alvarado, Joseph Cuellar and José Guevara about how they engaged with 600 of their peers to help them apply for college.

Show length: 14:08

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Show Notes

  • Hector offers and overview of the TECNO 2.0 project, including IDRA's role.

  • Robert explains why all students should be considered "college material."

  • Joseph talks about some of the doubts kids have to overcome in applying for college.

  • Bryan discusses the importance of college for students who aren't necessarily at the top of their high school classes.

  • José contends that school professionals need to "act as people, not as administrators."

  • Aurelio asks Robert, Bryan, Joseph, and José about their success in encouraging more than 600 of their peers to apply for college.

  • Robert, Bryan, Joseph, and José close the podcast with their motivations and dreams for higher education.