Glen Cove HS Senior Selected for Youth Leadership Institute

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Congratulations to Glen Cove High School senior Esteban Maraboli for being selected to participate in the annual New York State Assembly and Senate Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute. Esteban is one of only 12 Nassau County eleventh and twelfth graders selected to participate in the institute, based on his academic performance, attendance record, involvement in leadership activities and possession of leadership qualities.

The Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is designed to further develop leadership skills in young Hispanic students who have already begun to take on leadership roles in their own schools and communities. It also helps them to gain an understanding of the state legislative process by participation in research and the development of legislative proposals, and to promote a dialogue between youth and community leaders concerning issues that affect Hispanic youth. With training already underway, Esteban will meet with state lawmakers and his colleagues from other schools later this year.

An ESL student at Glen Cove High School, Esteban arrived to the U.S. three years ago from Chile. Since then, he has not only developed a strong command of the language, but has led efforts to help other ESL students assimilate to their new culture and succeed in school.

“I always try to do my best to help my fellow ESL classmates and the entire school when I can,” said Esteban, who began offering to teach classmates English in their homes when he first became fluent in English. He followed this by volunteering with the La Fuerza community-based after-school ESL tutoring program, held three days a week at Glen Cove High School. Esteban will begin tutoring ESL students at Finley Middle School shortly. He also currently finds time to coach a La Fuerza soccer team and volunteer at Deasy Elementary School looking after young children in the school’s afterschool daycare program.

And, as a result of all this, Esteban has found his calling: to become an ESL teacher after college.

“I believe those of us who are not from this country who have been able to master the English language have a responsibility to help others expand their vocabularies, improve their communication skills, and motivate them to become productive members of society,” added Esteban. “This is very inspiring to me.”

Monica Chavez, Glen Cove School District Coordinator of Foreign Language and ESL/K-12 recently congratulated Esteban for his selection to the Leadership Institute and for all he does for the Glen Cove youth.