Carmen Sosa is the mother of Fulfillment Fund scholar Milton Sosa, a senior at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.
Q: What impact has the program had on you?
The impact the program has had on me is the help they have provided my son money-wise and the encouragement to leave the state. I saw the support they gave him and the advice that he could go to college. I did not have to worry and could be calm. They gave us certainty that he would go far.
El impacto que ha tenido en mi es la ayuda que le han dado a mi hijo monetaria y coraje de irse a otro estado. Vi el apoyo que le dieron y los consejos que el si podía ir a la universidad. No me tenía que preocupar y podíamos estar tranquilos. Nos daban la seguridad que él podía llegar lejos.
Q: How have your children changed since being admitted to the Mentor Program?
I have seen how much he has grown more confident in himself, more responsible, and more mature. This program has made him mature and have the ability to make his own decisions that he would not have made before. He had a mentor, who motivated Milton to go through with his goals. The mentor was a great help to our family, especially because it was difficult for Milton. When he felt that he could not keep going, the mentor would say, “you can do it, keep trying!” The mentor helped Milton see that there is more than one way to move forward. I have seen him grow into a hardworking, disciplined person.
He visto como ha crecido más seguro de si mismo, mas responsable, y maduro. Este programa lo ha hecho madurar y tomar decisiones que no hubiera tomado antes.
Tuvo un mentor, que lo motivaba a que siguiera adelante con sus metas. Fue una ayuda para nuestra familia, ya que se le hacía difícil. Cuando Milton pensaba que ya no podía el mentor le decía !tu puedes, sigue tratando!”. Le ayudo ver que había otra manera de salir adelante.
Ahora con su trabajo, lo he visto crecer como una persona trabajadora y disciplinada.
Q: What advice would you give to parents who want their kids to go to college?
My advice to parents is to give yourself the opportunity to learn more about the Fulfillment Fund program and what they can do. Look at the type of help they can provide both economically and morally.
Mi consejo para los papás es que se den la oportunidad de conocer más al programa para que aprendan lo que el programa pude hacer. Que miren el tipo de ayuda que dan económicamente y moral.
Q: What would you like to see more in the program?
I would like to see more people who speak Spanish, that way parents have more confidence to ask questions and interact more.
Quisiera ver más gente que hable español, para que los papas tengan más confianza para hacer preguntas e interactuar con el programa.