#NextGen Advocate

From left to right: Brian Antezana, Greg Perkins, and Jorge Galindo

Brian Antezana, Campaign Manager for Joshua Chit Tun for U.S. Senate and Ramon Barajas, III, for U.S. Congress, meets Voices Organizing Immigrant Communities for Educational Success (V.O.I.C.E.S.) @ Glendale Community College (G.C.C.) to discuss the issues that first generation families face. He meets Melisa Espinoza, V.O.I.C.E.S. president for 2015, and Jorge Galindo, who both work with Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C'S advisor, Greg Perkins, discusses the history of the student organization, V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C.

Jorge Galindo will be in charge of communication.

A meeting will be scheduled with V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C's cabinet in the second half of October.

V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C. invites both candidates, Ramon Barajas, III, and Joshua Chit Tun, to V.O.I.C.E.S G.C.C's Tenth Anniversary Dinner in November 2015.

The following quote explains V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C's history and mission and can be found in V.O.I.C.E.S. G.C.C's Facebook profile's About section:

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V.O.I.C.E.S is a support group for undocumented students, who are more commonly known as AB-540 students. In the beginning the purpose was only to inform AB-540 students about their situation and government policies affecting them. Later on however, the club became open to everyone, AB-540 and non-AB-540 students alike. V.O.I.C.E.S started in Glendale Community College’s Fall semester of 2005 with its founding members; Omar Moreno, Aurea Barreto, Adalberto Moreno, Yazmin Moreno, and Blanca Lopez. Together they formed the cabinet of the club and thus began recruiting new members. At first it was a struggle to find members who would like to join but, little by little, this club grew and became well known among other campus organizations.

Every club needs an advisor; V.O.I.C.E.S found Greg Perkins in the EOPS office, a major supporter of AB-540 students. Perkins sees to it that V.O.I.C.E.S. accomplishes its goals and has the contacts needed to create and provide very valuable information to all members and supporters.

The name of V.O.I.C.E.S stands for "Voices Organizing Immigrant Communities for Educational Success." The meaning behind the name comes from the belief that the voices of undocumented students will be heard in the near future as professionals in successful careers.

V.O.I.C.E.S does a little bit of everything: High School Outreaches, fundraisers, hosting AB-540 Conferences, film screenings and retreats. V.O.I.C.E.S believes that it is very important to reach out to high school students on the verge of graduating since there is a significant number of AB-540 students who are afraid of going to college, or are not aware of the possibilities of higher education because of their fear of lack of money or resources. The club is there to encourage students to attend college and to tell them that there are ways of receiving help. V.O.I.C.E.S wants the new groups of freshmen to succeed in college.

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