FLY Scholars: Reframing the Narrative
After working with multicultural communities for many years, Mr. Villafuerte noticed that the educational field was labeling some students as first-generation and low-income youth - a category often used to identify high-opportunity students. However, the term is grounded in deficit-based language that immediately informs students about their obstacles and disadvantages. As a result, a young developing mind may quickly fall into the abyss of doubt and uncertainty. In 2019, Mr. Villafuerte set out to Reframe the Narrative for First-Generation and Low-income Youth (FLY), on the TEDxPLNU stage, by coining the term FLY Scholars as an alternative phrase for identifying resilient students.