A member of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation is being honored in New York City on Tuesday.
Dulce Cabrera was chosen to attend Michelle Obama’s college signing event in the city. The Montbello High School senior has been accepted into the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Although she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to major in, she says she loves political science.
Cabrera says she owes it to the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.
“They took us on tours of colleges and really helped us,” Cabrera said. “I wouldn’t have gotten these opportunities without them.”
Since 1988, the organization has been mentoring children in Denver’s metro area. Students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods might not otherwise get the support they need to succeed in school. Cabrera not only has a 3.5 GPA but she’s an honor platoon commander for her schools ROTC program.
“I am a leader in the program because of how I do in school,” Cabrera said.
Being chosen to attend the First Lady’s college signing event came as a shock to Cabrera, who says she hasn’t even started packing yet.
“It’s just kind of surreal to be invited to New York City,” she said. “I didn’t think it would ever happen to me.”
This is the third year Michelle Obama is hosting the college signing event. It’s meant to celebrate those who want to further their education. Cabrera says she hopes she can do well and be a role model for future generations.
“Once I graduate hopefully I’ll be able to come back and teach the new dreamers,” she said.