Yineli Carreon

Former STYC President

Currently Senior

Texas A&M University

College Station, Texas

Message to STYC members. Read in part by Alyssa Valdez current STYC President.

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Yvett Morales, Principal Weslaco HS

Krystal Muñoz, Internal Weslaco HS

Laura Villarreal, Counselor Weslaco HS

Priscilla Canales, Superintendent Weslaco ISD

Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor Federal Reserve Bank-Dallas

Alyssa Valdez, Weslaco Graduate and STYC President.

Devin Ramos, Weslaco Graduate and STYC member.

Jared Solis, Weslaco Graduate and STYC member.

Nichole Hernandez, Congressman Henry Cuellar-Mission Ofc.

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Source U.S. Census

Corpus Christ to Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley

Why South Texas?

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The cost of waiting. A question of priorities.

Sr.La Grulla HS

Sr. W.B. Ray HS

Sr. BETA HS-Edinburg

Sr. La Grulla HS

Jr. W.B. Ray HS

May ’18 Weslaco HS Grad.

May ’18 Weslaco HS Grad.

Sr. BETA HS-Edinburg

May ’18 Weslaco HS Grad.

We are the voices for our friends, family, and of our community.

We are the living representation of our communities.

We are the voices of South Texas.

We are the future of South Texas.

From Ms. Barton’s Presentation

“Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.”

                            -Tom Goodman, Havas Media

La Union del Pueblo Entro:

Health on Wheels

Digital Opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley-DO4RGV


Participating in the presenation:

Karina Alanis

Daya Butler

Alexa Casares

Jazmin Hinojosa

Adam Mandragon

Devin Ramos

Jared Solis

Ana Sosa

Alyssa Valdez

Alyssa Valdez

STYC President at the conclusion

of their presentation on fiber optics.

Mr. Ramos spoke about BBVA Compass Bank’s initiatives to help bring fiber optic technology to South Texas, in particular their participation in Digital Opportunity for the Rio Grande Valley (DO4RGV). Mr. Ramos pointed out that BBVA sees infrastructure development like DO4RGV as essential to progress. The goal of DO4RGV is to bring fiber technology to the neighborhood. Known as the last mile.

Dr. King was introduced by Yvett Morales, Principal Weslaco HS. After his opening remarks Dr. King recalled how he worked as a fireman while in college. He told the story of how in 1973 Casa De Las Palmas Hotel was struck by lighten and destroyed by fire, and how he was among those who answered the call.

He stood in the now rebuilt hotel, reflecting on how new life had come from the ashes. He then turned to his current work to see that each student has the opportunity to earn 12 college hours by high school graduation.

In 2013 Dr. King was named Texas Superintendent

of the year by the American Association of School Administrators.

Ms. Barton was introduce by Priscilla Canales, Superintendent of Weslaco ISD. Ms Barton has authored a number of publications on economic disparities and the digital divide along the Texas Mexico border. Her recent work is “Workforce Development and the Internet Economy.”

She described her work with the Federal Reverse as giving her the opportunity to advance life in South Texas. Her passion showed when she revealed in her research that poverty is bad business.

STYC Presentation


Texas Senate Proclamation

Dream Forward Charla-Dinner                                                                                              1 June 2018

The South Texas Youth Congress is the flagship initiative of

the Dream Forward Foundation. IRS 501c3 tax exempt organization operating in Texas.

Daya Butler

W.B. Ray HS

STYC Vice President

MAREA, Microsoft and Facebook

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Casa De Palmas Hotel—McAllen, Tx

1 June 2018

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1 June 2018 — Casa De Las Palmas Hotel-McAllen

STYC members hosted the event to celebrate their achievements and plans moving forward to bring super speed internet connection to their schools. Guest speakers were Ruben Ramos with BBVA Compass Bank-McAllen, Dr. Daniel King Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Superintendent, and Jordana Barton Senior Advisor Federal Reserve Bank-Dallas.

Shown at the start of the dinner.