A Model for Latino College Success
What is CREAR Futuros?
CREAR Futuros, which means “To Create Futures” in Spanish, is a peer-mentor based initiative designed to improve Latino student success at UCF. CREAR (College REadiness, Achievement and Retention) Freshmen/Sophomores will be paired with knowledgeable and highly trained upper-classman UCF Peer-Mentors that will introduce them to campus resources and offer insight on how to make the most out of their UCF experience.
- Peer Mentors and Mentees must engage in weekly communication
- Peer Mentors and Mentees must attend monthly interactive group activities
Even though the focus of this program is Latino student success, all students are welcome to apply and participate regardless of racial/ethnic background.
Alexis is Cuban-American, born and raised in Miami, FL. She recently graduated from Florida State University with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s here at UCF in Industrial / Organizational Psychology. Alexis is passionate about team dynamics and creating an open space where creativity and empowerment can flourish in young adults. She serves as the acting Campus Liaison for CREAR Futuros. In this position, she hopes to introduce fresh ideas that can enhance the emotional and or professional development of the UCF Latinx undergrad community.
Valeria is a Puerto Rican student who transferred to UCF after Hurricane Maria. Valeria is pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Education. She is a member of PRSA and SNEA. She aspires to become a science teacher and eventually a School Director. She is very excited to help students in CREAR Futuros in their UCF journey. Fun fact, Valeria played soccer for 18 years and even played for her college in Puerto Rico and is also an Educational Tour Guide in Orlando and Canada.
Kathryn Byrne is a Junior pursuing a major in Biomedical Science with a minor in Psychology in hopes to attend medical school and become a Pediatrician in the future. She is a first-generation Brazilian-American student as well as a first in the family to attend a university. Kathryn has been very involved on campus as a UCF Cares Ambassador and a Pegasus Path Ambassador and is very excited to take the role as a peer mentor through CREAR Futuros. A fun fact is that she has studied in Brazil for almost 2 years to improve her Portuguese and learn more about her Brazilian culture.
Ernest J. Gonzalez was born in Havana, Cuba, and was raised in Miami, Florida since he was 9 years old. He is in his Junior year at UCF pursing a double major in Civil and Construction Engineering. Ernest has been active around the community by helping several organizations, from feeding the homeless to harvesting local produce, through Volunteer UCF and Hands on Orlando. He is also involved with the professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau where he has a position in the Community Service Board. Ernest has also secured an internship in the Roadway and Structures Department at TranSystems Corp. where he has been working for 7 months. A fun fact about Ernest is that he loves to write music lyrics and sing Karaoke no matter how awful and embarrassing.
Daniela third year senior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is Mexican, from West Palm Beach, FL. Things that she is involved includes the Marching Knights and LEAD Scholar Alumni. She also was Treasurer for LASA, the Latin American Student Association and was a CREAR Futuros Mentee. She enjoys listening to music and relaxing around the UCF campus.
CREAR Futuros Mentees
- Must have Freshman/Sophomore standing
- Will be assigned a Peer-Mentor on a first come, first served basis
- Must demonstrate a serious commitment to the program by participating in scheduled activities when possible.