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UWHC speakers urge students to follow passions

Three local professionals spoke to 11th and 12th grade students at San Marcos High School during a Lunch. Learn. LIVE UNITED panel on April 14. The panel included Dr. Sue Ann Harrison, a local pediatrician, Mayor Daniel Guerrero, and Ellen Hoffman, United Way of Hays County. The overriding theme of the panel; follow your passions to guide your career and future choices.

"Lunch. Learn. LIVE UNITED sessions are geared at giving career field advice to students in the process of transitioning from high school to the next step," says Mike Yates.

The Lunch. Learn. LIVE UNITED panels are hosted throughout the spring semester, featuring different trades and professions at each session. Students are encouraged to ask professionals questions and actively engage in conversation about their futures.

"The speakers were great," comments Kim, a San Marcos High School senior, "They were very helpful."

Lunch. Learn. LIVE UNITED is a program of Read. Tutor. Mentor., a UWHC education initiative designed to increase access to quality learning opportunities for local youth. Through community partnerships, as well as, a Community Development Block Grant through the City of San Marcos, United Way of Hays County aims to influence the academic success of students by providing increased access to mentors, tutors and other volunteers to provide guidance for students of all ages. Annually, United Way of Hays County works with 30 local partner programs to provide education, income and health services to residents in need. Each year United Way of Hays County and partners serve more than 50,000 local families, children and individuals.

For more information about United Way of Hays County Read. Tutor. Mentor. initiatives and other United Way of Hays County programs, visit


Written by Ellen Hoffman