Today’s Class: June 1, 2018

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Kevin Estrada and Lisanyis Gonzalez sitting up front with Walter Jimenez and Damilola Odelabu in the back of a $125,000 Tesla Model X autonomous electric car.

Today’s guest was Jim Clark, the President of JLS mailing company.

Today’s host was Lisanyis Gonzalez.

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Lisanyis welcomes Jim Clark to Hope High prior to the start of today’s class.

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Lisanyis introduces Jim Clark to her classmates to start today’s class.

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Mariana Guerrero Pimental welcomes Jim Clark to today’s class following Lisanyis’ introduction.  Damilola and Ianique Imboque wait to do the same.

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Nayely Furcal welcomes Jim Clark to today’s class.

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Jim begins to share the story of his autonomous, electric car, the Tesla Model X.

o to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds” Jim began.

No gas nor oil.  No parts like carburetors or spark plugs to replace and  very little maintenance like gasoline powered cars. I plug the car into the electric outlet

Today’s Class: May 25, 2018

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Today’s Guests: Arnell Milhouse (left) and Garin Veris

Today’s guests were Arnell Milhouse and Garin Veris.

Arnell is a computer scientist and entrepreneur.  He is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Career Devs and the Founder of Intra City Geeks (  Garin is the former Athletic Director at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.  He’s an attorney and a former member of the New England Patriots 1985 Super Bowl team.

Today’s Hope Life Skills hosts were Francisco Gonzalez and Ayo Onajide.

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Francisco Gonzalez (red shirt) and Ayo Onajide (writing with nap sack) welcome Arnell Milhouse (lower right) and Garin Veris (top right) to Hope High School’s Life Skills class.

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Francisco and Ayo escort Arnell and Garin into the classroom. Please notice Arnell’s unique mode of transportation into the classroom. Pretty cool!

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Arnell’s hover craft which he used on the streets of Providence to get to Hope High today and his journey from the school lobby to our Life Skills class. Travel speed you ask? According to Arnell, “I can get up to 20 miles per hour!

Today’s Class: May 18, 2018

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Ray Nunez from Leadership Rhode Island returns to the Hope Life Skills class to explain the findings of the strengths assessment survey students completed on April 27th, 2018.

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Ray Nunez administering the Clifton Strengths Assessment to the Life Skills students on April 27th.

 Ray Nunez, Program Coordinator at Leadership Rhode Island,

returned to the friendly environs of the Life Skills class to review the findings of the Clifton Strengths Assessment administered to the students during an earlier class on April 27th.

Each student was given a packet of information today listing each student’s 5 most prominent strengths with an explanation


Please note, at the end of this blog, there is a list of all the 34 potential strengths developed by Dr Clifton in the Gallup strengths’ assessment.

of what each strength means and how it is exhibited in their life.

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Ray speaks with Eveline and Kevin about their assessment.

Today’s Class – May 11, 2018

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Erica Laros is welcomed to Hope High by members of the Life Skills class. In the photo above, Walter Jimenez welcomes Erica to today’s class.

Today’s guest was Erica Laros, an attorney

who is the Founder and President of her own Law Firm, Laros Law, Trusts and Estates Attorney.

Our Life Skills class host today was Eveline Silva, aspiring lawyer

who will represent the Hope Life Skills class at the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and CSI in Washington, D.C. beginning on July 22nd.

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Eveline greets Erica to Hope High prior to the start of today’s class.

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Eveline introduces Erica to her classmates at the start of today’s class.

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Tatiana Brito introduces herself and welcomes Erica with a firm handshake, good eye contact and smile, and a friendly greeting following Eveline’s introduction.

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Erica begins to share her story of becoming an attorney and then starting her own law firm.

 ” I really didn’t know what I wanted to be.  I was a history major in college.  I eventually figured things out after pushing out of my comfort zone, trying paid and unpaid internships and jobs,

constantly networking,

before ultimately figuring out what I wanted to do professionally”  Erica explained.  “I’ve found that

self confidence has a lot to do with figuring out what you’d like to do in your life. 

This may sound illogical but part of the process for becoming more confident is continually

Today’s Class: April 27, 2018

Today’s Hope Life Skills Class guest was Ray Nunez, the Program Coordinator at Leadership Rhode Island.

Our host today who welcomed Ray Nunez to the Life Skills class was Eveline Silva.

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Eveline Silva welcomes Ray Nunez from Leadership Rhode Island to Hope High School

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Eveline introduces Ray Nunez to her classmates at the start of today’s class

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Following Eveline’s introduction, Lisanyis Gonzalez and her fellow classmates welcome Ray Nunez to today’s class.

 Leadership Rhode Island is an organization which focuses on maximizing the potential of  individuals, organizations, communities and, in the process, the entire state of Rhode Island by bringing people together to share their stories.

One of Leadership Rhode Island’s services is a personal strength assessment.  

Today’s Class: April 13, 2018

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Today’s guest, Ryan Roslonek.

Today’s guest was

Ryan Roslonek, Coast Guard Academy graduate, Coast Guard veteran, Business Solutions Architect/ Corporate Senior Manager, coach, and father.

Today’s host was Ayo Onajide.

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Ryan (left) is welcomed to Hope by Ayo outside of the classroom before the start of the class.

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Ayo leads Ryan into the classroom for his introduction

Today’s Class: April 6, 2018

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Brown University Head Softball Coach, Katie Flynn (right) and Brown University Pitcher, Kait Camacho-Orona (left) share their personal stories of coaching and playing softball at Brown University.

Brown University Head Softball Coach, Katie Flynn and Brown University student athlete, softball pitcher, Kait Camacho-Orona

were today’s Hope Life Skills class guests.

Our exemplary class host for today’s class was Rosa Rodriguez.

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Rosa welcomes Coach Flynn and Kait to Hope High School and the Life Skills class before the start of today’s class.

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Rosa introduces Kait and Coach Flynn to her classmates at the start of today’s class.

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Following Rosa’s introduction, Mariana Guerrero Pimental welcomes Coach Flynn with a smile, good eye contact, firm handshake and a warm greeting as Tatiana Brito does the same with Kait in the background.

Today’s Class: March 23, 2018

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Edwin Piverger connects with members of the Hope Life Skills class today.  From left to right – Lisanyis Gonzalez, Eveline Silva, Rosa Rodriguez, Nayely Furcal Marte and Walter Jimenez.

Today’s guest  was Edwin Piverger, Talent Acquisition Manager for Pet Food Experts

( a distributor of pet foods and accessories to pet stores in the northern states of the United States of America.  Edwin is responsible for identifying and recruiting talented people to his $260 million  company located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

Today’s host was Jonasia Brown.

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Jonasia Brown welcomes Edwin to Hope High School and listens how he would prefer to be introduced at the start of the class.

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Jonasia introduces Edwin to her classmates at the beginning of today’s class.

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Following Jonasia’s introduction, Laisha Mendez introduces herself to Edwin and welcomes him to Hope Life Skills as Catherine Visono and Oladidupo Ojekunle prepare to do the same.

Today’s Class: March 16, 2018

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Rosa Rodriguez (right) welcomes Kaydi McQuade to Hope High School prior to today’s Hope Life Skills class.

 Today’s guest was Kaydi McQuade, a partner at Back Pocket Resources.

Kaydi runs a temporary work agency, also called a temp agency or temporary staffing firm, that finds workers for companies looking to hire.  Some companies need short-term workers. Other companies may be looking for permanent employees.  Companies sign contracts with employment firms like Kaydi’s staffing/work agency to find all kinds of workers.  Temporary employees are often needed for cyclical jobs for short term, busy periods of the year.

Today’s host was Rosa Rodriguez.

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Rosa introduces Kaydi to her classmates at the beginning of today’s class.

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Francisco Gonzalez welcomes Kaydi to class following Rosa’s introduction

Today’s Class: March 9, 2018

We had two guests today.   First,

Junior Jabbe, the newly named President and CEO of Banneker Industries,

an international supply chain company located in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

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Ayo Onajide inspects the business card of Banneker Industries President and CEO, Junior Jabbe (brown top coat) as both men exchange greetings before today’s class.   Walter Jimenez networks in the background introducing Ralph Waite  to Banneker Industries’ David Grant during the ‘before class’ networking outside the classroom.

Joining Junior was David Grant, a Bryant College graduate and fellow executive at Banneker.

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Walter Jimenez welcomes David Grant and Junior Jabbe to Hope High School. Walter asks David Grant how he would like to be introduced, by Walter, to his classmates for the introduction portion of today’s class.