GTL Newsletter #19

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Never stop be-leaf-ing in
the power of September.

GTL General Updates

This Week –
  • The GTL Newsletter is looking for submissions!!
    • Send in blog posts, activities you’re involved in, poetry, art, interesting articles, cool opportunities; etc. Reply to this email with your ideas.  
  • New Linker is soon to be introduced and another potential Linker interview is on the horizon, GTL is expanding and growing every day!
  • Linker Kudana completed a curriculum plan for one of our Learners and conducted a new Learner interview this week.
  • Linker Zhengyang is hard at work creating a wonderful GTL website homepage video.
  • Look out for the GTL Membership system we’ll be introducing soon!
  • Linker Rebecca will be starting a Learner Sprint program with a Learner.
  • Linker Nhi rehauled our GTL Slide Deck, great work!
  • LEARNERS—We’d love to hear from you about your experience with any GTL services you’ve been a part of! Respond to this email with anything you’d like to share ?
  • Monthly GTL Community Events — keep a lookout for monthly programming and events for Learners, Linkers, and the greater GTL community!!
    • Have suggestions or ideas about events you’d like to see? Let us know by responding to this email. 
  • WEBINAR: Linkers Rebecca and Maya have an upcoming webinar on the intersectionality of race and gender. More details are below.
  • Mental Health Awareness – a new GTL initiative. Linkers Annie and Rebecca are passionate about mental health and are in the beginning stages of creating a space and dialogue for all things relating to mental health.
Last Week – 
  • Linker Rebecca prepared to work with TWO Learners. Amazing job!
  • Linker Maya interviewed potential Linkers.
  • Linker Nhi created a new brochure and website service tab. Great work.

GTL Service Highlight

Talent Boost — Passion Quest

Explore your passions with experts in their respective fields with GTL’s Talent Boost program Passion Quest!

Our program is designed to guide learners through their interests with an experienced mentor to foster their growth and desire to become experts as well. As Linkers, we are dedicated to imparting the knowledge we have gradually collected.

Whether you love filmmaking, photography, coding, or the arts, Passion Quest will elevate your expertise in the field you are fond of most.

Click on the picture or the hyperlink for more information! 

GTL Blog Spotlight

How I Wrote My Personal Statement for College – Linker’s Advice
by Rebecca Braimon  

One of the most important aspects of a Common App essay, in my opinion, is authenticity.  

This is your biggest (or only) chance to let your voice shine in your application, so exposing as much of your personality as possible can only help you. For this reason, I kept my essay as unique to the rest of my application as possible; for example, horseback riding is a huge part of my personality, but was barely even mentioned in my essay because of its strong presence in my list of extracurriculars.

GTL Announcements


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WEBINAR: Intersectionality of Race & Gender

Linkers Maya and Rebecca have prepared a webinar about the Intersectionality of Race and Gender to celebrate the diversity of humanity and the many ways our identities interact and intersect.

This presentation discusses:

  • the definition and importance of intersectionality
  • the impact of racial and sexual minority status on education
  • how equality disguises inequity
  • the ways in which stereotypes about race and gender can affect people
Stay tuned for a potentially two-part series on these essential topics about human interaction and harmony across demographics! 

Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of this month, we wanted to highlight historical figures of Hispanic descent as well as key historical events to honor the rich cultures and diverse communities of Hispanic peoples.

For Hispanic Heritage Month—Why We Need to Build Toward a Latinx Future
By Catherine S. Ramírez, author of Assimilation: An Alternative History

Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month gives Americans the opportunity to recognize the history and contributions of people of Spanish and Latin American origin in the United States. Yet more often than not, Hispanic Heritage Month emphasizes our past, rather than our future. What do we want our future to look like? And how do we move from institutional recognition to a just redistribution of power and resources?

To celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” Congress established National Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988, during the “Decade of the Hispanic.” In the 1980s, the “Sleeping Giant” that was Hispanic America was supposed to awaken and realize its political and spending power. Put another way, Hispanics were supposed to assimilate.