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Laura’s List of Literacy Goals

Laura Mendoza moved to the U.S. when she was 25 to escape the dangers of living in Mexico in hope of finding a better life. When she arrived in California she realized that many people already spoke Spanish, but she says, “I like to learn and since I came here, I felt I had to…
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2020 Fall Graduation – A Drive Thru Success!

          Roxanne Quinones, a grandmother caring for her family, graduated earlier this year before the pandemic took over the world.  LearningQuest wanted to make sure that Roxanne and the other 87 adults who earned their High School Equivalency diploma since last Fall were still able to experience the once-in-a-lifetime moment of…
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Domonique’s New Journey

          Sometimes even the most unexpected opportunities can inspire us.  For Domonique Johnson, that inspiration came long before she began volunteer tutoring with LearningQuest in 2019.  Domonique has been a devoted helper in the community for years having volunteered at the Great Valley Museum since 2016.  She previously worked for a…
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Roles Reverse for Tanisha

         As a child, Tanisha Smith had many obstacles to overcome on her educational journey.  Her timid and shy personality prevented her from asking for help and led to struggling in all of her classes.  Despite Tanisha’s desire to succeed, she felt lost.  Many years later, she found her voice and stayed…
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Leaping Grades and Building Confidence

Meet Heather & Miranda… Miranda and her KidsQuest tutor, Tim, practice writing at the Stanislaus County Library. Miranda and Heather enjoying some reading time Miranda and Tim using the magnetic tiles to work on spelling and reading Heather Sevo struggled with dyslexia since childhood, but essential school resources helped her start junior high at the…
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Learning Brings Mother and Daughter Closer

Meet Hayry & Keylin… Starting over in a new country was just one more box to check on Hayry Sauceda’s ambitious list of what she needed to accomplish for herself and for her family.  Hayry (pronounced hi-ree) grew up in a loving home with a close-knit family in Estacion Rosales, Sinaloa, Mexico.  “I felt that…
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Q & A with Mallory Cantu

Mallory Cantu [far right], a LearningQuest Welfare to Work HSE 2020 Graduate, with her daughters “Be a better role model for my kids” – Mallory Cantu Mallory Cantu started her journey at LearningQuest in January of 2020 as a Welfare to Work student.  After only five short months and dedication to studying, she finally earned…
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Finding Her Confidence

Anita DeHart grew up in a home of substance addiction and physical abuse.  On that dangerous path, her father began to get abusive toward her mother and siblings until they separated.  Her father remarried and, although he remained abusive, has focused on sobriety for the past 22 years.  Anita’s mother was able to get clean…
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Student Becomes Teacher in COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. With students transitioned to online learning at home, many parents have been tasked with the challenge of also becoming their child’s teacher for the rest of the school year.  This challenge helped Amy Romero, a mom and LearningQuest grad, find a new strength within herself.  Amy…
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