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Brandman University’s Ann-Marie Delgado is a ‘Champion of Change’

September 28, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell
Ann-Marie Delgado

Ann-Marie Delgado

Ann-Marie Delgado, a Brandman alumna and adjunct faculty member in Modesto, will be one of 10 people honored at the White House as “Champions of Change” for extracurricular enrichment, afterschool and summer programs that create opportunities for girls on Friday, Sept. 30.

The “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color” initiative identifies key obstacles facing marginalized girls, including girls of color, and highlight innovative solutions to those obstacles. One key issue that girls from marginalized communities often face is access to extracurricular programs and summer enrichment activities that allow them to become stronger students, leaders, and citizens. Extracurricular programs enrich their understanding of the arts and the sciences, reinforce the skills learned in school, promote health and wellness, and foster their confidence and leadership.

Delgado heads the Lift While You Lead program as an educator in the Merced Union High School District.

“I wanted to let you know that my work with middle school girls to break cycles linked with poverty, domestic violence and teen pregnancy was selected by the White House for President Obama’s Champions of Change Program,” wrote Delgado in alerting Professor Carla Piper of the Modesto campus to the honor.

The official press release from the White House notes that Delgado, who earned an M.A. in education (curriculum and instruction) and single-subject teaching certificates from Chapman University College/Brandman University, teaches high school women’s studies classes and was inspired by her pupils’ desires to defy expectations based on gender, ethnicity and economic status.

“She also recognized the importance of reaching out to students before they enter high school, so she developed the Empowerment Project to target previously marginalized middle school girls. Participants receive ongoing support from Annie and other mentors over the course of five years to improve academics, attendance, and discipline while engaging in at least one extracurricular activity each year and completing 250 hours of community service during their high school years. Through collaboration with stakeholders at the Merced City School District, UC Merced, and the Educational Employees Credit Union, the program has proven successful for the inaugural group of young women who saw a significant rise in grade point averages, improvement in attendance, a remarkable decline in discipline related issues, and an immeasurable boost in self-esteem,” according to the press release.

The Champions of Change event streamed live on the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov/live. Follow the conversation at #WHChamps.

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