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Taking Steps Toward College Success

I am one of our VolunTEEN Nation Ambassadors from Arizona. With the Hispanic Business Students Association out of Arizona State University and The Be A Leader Foundation, we held The 6th Annual “Taking Steps Towards College Success” Walk-A-Thon for over 3,000 high school and middle school students. 

The Hispanic Business Students Association’s mission is to prepare students to become future leaders, academically, personally, and professionally.  They are committed to develop its members by providing leadership development and educational activities. 

The focus of the Be A Leader Foundation is to provide a positive learning environment and implement college-focused programs for students from middle school to high school.  Being that Arizona has struggled with higher education, the organization strives to break that barrier.  For every freshman in high school in Arizona, a little over two-thirds of them will graduate high school.  More surprisingly, 19 will enter a four-year college within one year; and only nine will obtain a bachelor’s degree within six years. 

The 6th Annual “Taking Steps Towards College Success” Walk-A-Thon exposes students to many scholarship, after-school, and college programs.  There are seven Be A Leader programs for students: Be A Leader Institute Elementary (BLIE), Valedictorian Club (V-Club), Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), Be A Leader Institute High School (BLIH), Be A Leader Clubs (Elementary & High School), Be A Leader Senior Boot Camp, and Be A Leader Institute College (BLIC).  After students explore all the programs in the park, they all walk to The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) fair, where they are exposed to over 220 universities from around the nation. 

If you would like to know more information about The Hispanic Business Students Association visit If you would like to know information about The Be A Leader Foundation visit