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Villa of Hope youth mentor and full-time student at Nazareth College, Rubi Partida, received the Community Champions Youth Mentor Award at the Community Champions Award ceremony on June 12, 2013.
The inaugural Community Champions Award ceremony, presented by Bryant & Stratton College, recognizes those who have inspired others to make the Rochester community a better place to work and live. The Youth Mentor Award is given to an individual or organization that invests time and effort into ongoing guidance and mentoring of Rochester residents to impact the success of their lives.
Partida is a dedicated youth mentor at Villa of Hope. Since her residency at Villa of Hope in 2005, Partida has made it her responsibility to guide and empower youth while advocating for them and providing peer support and advice to foster personal and professional growth. Partida was touched by her personal mentor, who helped keep her on track, and now passes along her life lessons and experience to motivate and inspire the youth she serves at Villa of Hope.
“Getting this honor means so much to me personally,” Partida said Partida. “Knowing that my past experiences have molded and shaped me to become a mentor and help the youth of Rochester gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride. It truly is one of the most rewarding roles I have taken on.”
In addition to being a youth mentor at the Villa, Partida is pursuing a degree in social work at Nazareth College. She also works in the food-service department at Nazareth, and mentors and tutors students in the Rochester City School District through the Nazareth College Homework Help Program, as part of Hillside Work- Scholarship Connection.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.