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Help This Local Scholar Empower Women With Education

Help a Homewood student finish college and achieve her dreams of breaking families from the cycle of poverty.

Homewood’s Natalie Cruz could use your help. 

In August 2013, the Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Prairie State College grad enrolled as an honors transfer student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Unfortunately, despite working two jobs, being able to afford college tuition “is close to impossible,” she says.

But why should you help her, specifically?

Cruz says her education has fueled in her a desire to fight for women empowerment in poor areas of the U.S. and other countries.

“I believe that social entrepreneurship not only has the power to create jobs, but to also completely change the economical, emotional, and health environment within communities,” Cruz said. “By providing these women resources and skills to expand and strengthen their businesses, I will help bring out the unique fashions and products of their communities through self-sufficiency, thus, breaking their families out of the cycle of poverty.”

Cruz already has an impressive background. Prior to her transfer to UIC, she graduated with honors from Prairie State College. During her time there, Cruz worked at the campus' Latino Cultural Center, which thrust her into the world of social and political issues affecting the Latino community. Currently, she's part of Fearless Undocumented Allienace—UIC’s organization to support their undocumented student community.

Cruz also happens to be a talented seamstress, and is offering special tailorings and alterations based on the donation level.

“I would like for you to prayerfully consider sponsoring me in my ongoing dreams of a college education,” Cruz said.

If you can donate to Cruz’ dream of graduating college and helping others just click on the GoFundMe portal above. 

DJ Morgan December 14, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Sorry, but there are hundreds of local college students who wish they could fulfill their dreams at the college of their choice, but the current situation of high tuition and financial aid that simply does not match the bill.... Energy might be better spent working to fix the real problem.
Kim ziga December 14, 2013 at 09:21 PM
DJ Morgan- Natalie is trying to fix the problem by receiving an education. Either support her and other young men and women who are attempting to do the same thing. Support comes in many forms, if you don't want to help her financially, your encouragement would be well appreciated, keeping your negativity to yourself. YOU have no clue how hard this young women has worked to get where she is. We need to support our young generation who are attempting to make a change in this world.

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