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TEDxRedmond - Gabi Santana Ufret - Truancy is more than meets the eye

It's all too easy for truants (students who continually miss school to the point of breaking the law) to start down a path of lost opportunities and missed chances in life. Thirteen-year-old Gabriela Santana-Ufret wants to change that. An 8th grader at Hamilton International Middle School in Seattle and a first generation Puerto Rican, Gabi is the youngest member of a youth organization called Youth Ambassadors, developing leaders through compassionate service to the community. YAs serve as powerful, "near peer" role models, helping vulnerable students annually get back on the path to fully engaging with learning. Gabi's experience has taught her the power of listening and deeply connecting with her fellow peers, gaining a deeper understanding of the underlying issues behind truancy. With an exceptional passion and understanding of civic engagement, Gabi has inspired other youth to understand they are part of the solution. She's particularly committed to curbing the drop out rate affecting the Hispanic community.
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