Erika Ramirez came to the United States from El Salvador when she was 12 years old. When Erika first began attending Flushing High School, she was a shy and quiet student, but during her sophomore year she joined AAFE’s Youth Leadership Program.   Through this program she flourished into a strong and outspoken youth leader, gaining the knowledge and confidence to help her community in many ways. Erika is currently a senior at Flushing High School and is one of five peer college guides, helping many of her fellow students successfully complete their college applications, introducing them to financial aid and career opportunities, and counseling students and their parents on the importance of a college education.

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