Menlo Park, California,Redwood City, California,College,Nonprofit organization,Poverty

Wish Book: Nonprofit helps low-income kids get into college

December 26, 2016
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Jimmy Hernandez, left, college bound director, helps Carolina Avina, 17, from Redwood City, with her college application at the Boy & Girls Club of the Peninsula Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse in Redwood City, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Boy & Girls Club of the Peninsula helps at-risk kids become the first in their families to go to college through and eight-year program that helps them get ready and be accepted to universities around the state. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) Esmeralda Valiente, far left, 17, from Redwood City, watches the final presidential debate at the Boy & Girls Club of the Peninsula Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse in Redwood City, Calif., on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. Boy & Girls Club of the Peninsula helps at-risk kids become the first in their families to go to college through and eight-year program that helps them get ready and be accepted to universities around the state. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) MENLO PARK — Born to Mexican immigrants, Carolina Avina aims to be the first person in her family to go to college. But she needs some help. Her parents, who make barely enough money to provide for Carolina and her two younger siblings, are unable to guide her through the tedious and stressful college-application maze: creating online accounts, writing essays, getting recommendations, meeting deadlines and seeking financial aid. And her high school counselors split their time between several hundred students. Mercury News readers have been dedicated to helping people in need through Wish Book for 34 years. Click here to find out more and how to donate. Luckily, she found a support system in the most convenient location imaginable: the Mervin G. Morris Clubhouse in Redwood City, the same place she comes everyday after school to do her homework, meet with tutors and hang out...

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