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Steps of Success youths win in San Diego talent showcase

May 21, 2002|STAFF REPORT

Valley youth excelled in the YO! Regional Talent Showcase on April 20 in San Diego against others from San Diego and the Los Angeles Boyle Heights and Watts areas.

Competing for prizes and awards in humanities, performing arts and music, the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program YO! Steps of Success took first and second place in the performing arts category.

David Casillas and Oscar Lopez, both of Brawley, were the winners and each received a $1,500 scholarship to the Debbie Allen School of Performing Arts. Juanita Hill and Andrew Taylor, both of Calipatria, received the second-place award of a $200 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. Yesenia Martinez and Bidiana Garcia were recognized for their participation in the music category.

The winners will advance to the regional competition in Los Angeles on June 28-30. They will compete against youths from Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco.


Festivities in conjunction with the showcase included college enrichment education, motivational speakers, a talent show with singers and dancers and a dance.

"This is the first YO! talent show/summit and we are hoping that this will be the pilot for future ventures with all youth opportunity sites across the nation," a press release states.

Steps of Success is funded through the U.S. Department of Labor to serve youths between the ages of 14-21 living in the enterprise communities of Niland, Calipatria and Brawley from north of Main Street and east of Imperial Avenue.

Youths are provided opportunities to learn vocational and academic skills that will assist them in finding and keeping employment.

"Our vision for all youth living in Imperial County, particularly those out-of-school, is for them to acquire the necessary skills and work experience to successfully transition into adulthood, careers and further their education and training," the press release states.

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