Leading the Way

Katherine, member of the College 2020 Class, credits DTS with providing pivotal support as she worked to achieve her goals – graduating from college and entering a career in the art world. Last year, she joined the DTS Board of Directors in order to participate in the strategic planning and development of the organization; ensuring it continues to provide essential support for underserved students on their path to and through college. Today, Katherine is an Art Fair Assistant at Gagosian Gallery in New York City. Together with the Global Director of Art Fairs, she is responsible for producing more than…
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An Inspiring Visit

This week, Mario Santos came to Hamilton to speak about his journey through high school, UC Santa Cruz and to his current position as an accountant at Connected Accounting. Mario candidly answered students’ questions about his biggest challenges, his college experience, and even his current salary. Afterwards, one 9th grader shared, “I am more motivated to do well in school after hearing Mario talk.  My parents also do manual labor and meeting Mario shows me that people like me can go to college and can get high paying jobs that they like.”
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Meet Our Newest Staff Members

A warm welcome back to Gabi Hernandez and Isaiah Tulanda, graduates of UC Davis and Claremont McKenna College respectively. We are excited to have them return to DTS as the newest members of our staff team! They will work directly with high school students as Advisors.  As DTS alumni, they are uniquely equipped for the work – they bring their experience and their understanding of the challenges our students face.  Isaiah shares, “I am thrilled to be working for Determined to Succeed to give back to a program that changed the trajectory of my life. To pay forward all the love, care, consideration, and patience that…
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More Peers to Look Up To

We are thrilled to share that all of our college freshmen are at their respective campuses and have begun fall classes.  Thank you to our generous college dorm sponsors who made sure each student was ready for their new home away from home and for providing outerwear for the students headed to colder climates. 
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Peer Leaders

A huge thank you to our incredible DTS college students who served as summer interns! Pictured below, from left to right, is Ingrid Franklin and Marshall College, Fernando UC Santa Cruz, Mimi, Mia UC Santa Cruz, Alexa Smith College, and Demi Saint Olaf College. Mia shares why she applied for the position and a little bit about her time on the job, “Ever since I was in 9th grade, I have wanted to work as a DTS summer intern. I wanted to be a role model for younger DTS students the way the older students had been for me. As a high school student, I liked being with the interns. They listened to…
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What an Incredible Summer!

DTS Summer 2022 was an incredible success! We ran 13 distinct programs and sent high school students to residential programs at Loyola Marymount University, Santa Clara University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Smith College. And our college students interned for companies in a variety of fields including technology, finance and education.   In the photo above, high school seniors Bryan, Diego, and Andres help Tony brainstorm essay topics forhis UC personal statements. After spending the past four years together as a DTS Class, they are well equipped to engage Tony in thinking about which parts of his life he might want to share…
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