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Romona's Kids: CASA Latino Youth Leadership

CASA students showing off their mural. (Source: WOIO) CASA students showing off their mural. (Source: WOIO)
The students marched with their mural in a parade. (Source: WOIO) The students marched with their mural in a parade. (Source: WOIO)
CASA students embracing their culture. (Source: WOIO) CASA students embracing their culture. (Source: WOIO)
LORAIN, OH (WOIO) -

Some local middle school students are showing pride in their culture, while making their community a better place to live. We went to Lorain to meet this week's Romona's Kids.

The CASA Latino Youth Leadership program serves kids ages 12 to 14. The students recently unveiled a mural illustrating the club's events of the past year.

"Our group stands for culture, learning, service, and action," said student Ariana Leandry. "The first panel of the mural illustrates culture from our Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, and the next square represents the two years we will be graduating from high school."

The third panel was painted directly from photos of their service projects, including delivering presents to needy children, through the giving tree program. They also cleaned up and beautified downtown Lorain.

"CASA teaches me to be a leader and how to be successful in life," said student Yandel Ramirez. "I think it's going to help me be my own person, not to be like other people."

"The program is also letting them know that they're part of this community and they need to look at issues in the community and be a part of the fixing of their community," said Victor Leandry, Director of the CASA program.

The kids carried the mural in a parade and will use it for presentations about their service to recruit new members.

"People should join because it's a good thing to help in your community," said student Jaiden Morales. "It's great to learn all this, then you have resources once you get older that you can come back to, and put on your resume."

The kids are getting a trip to Chicago in August as a reward for all the work they've done over the past year. 

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