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Field Trip and Talent Showcase!

May 21, 2024

April is always a busy time for students, with the end of the school year quickly approaching, and the students involved in our various Esperanza programs are no different. Besides the normal hustle and bustle you can expect, we have 2 recent events we’d love to share with you that showcase both the artistic and scientific sides of our students’ development!

Talent Showcase!

On April 30th, the Esperanza, Inc. OST (Out of School Time) program students from Louisa May Alcott Elementary School (where the event also took place) had the opportunity to showcase their talents in our OST Talent Show! This program provides a safe and supportive space for students to explore their creativity and develop artistic skills, which are essential for their overall success.

Unleashing Potential Through Artistic Expression

Many people don’t realize that artistic expression isn’t just about fun and entertainment; it’s a powerful tool that can benefit students in numerous ways. Here are just a few:

  • Finding Their Voice: Art allows students to communicate in ways that words sometimes can’t. Through music, painting, dance, or drama, they can explore complex feelings, develop a strong sense of self, and discover their unique talents.
  • Building Confidence: The process of creating art fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride. As students develop their skills and see their ideas come to life, their confidence soars. This newfound confidence translates into other areas of their lives, making them more likely to take risks and embrace challenges in academics and beyond.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving: Artistic endeavors require students to think critically, solve problems creatively, and experiment with different approaches. These are all essential skills for success in school, future careers, and navigating an ever-changing world.


Back to the Talent Show!

The OST Talent Show was a dazzling display of these benefits in action! Students proudly showcased their mesmerizing musical abilities, astonishing artistic skills, and jaw-dropping dance expertise. A huge shout out to all the participants for spreading so much joy with their performances! They were a hit! It’s truly inspiring to see such creativity and passion!

We’d like to send a special thanks to the School Principal, Aderica Grier, school staff, our Say Yes Cleveland Coordinator, and the Esperanza Staff for their dedication to the students!

Talent Show:

Dance Participation:
(Group 1)
Kourtnie Stewart
Amina Barnes
Amya Patrick
Song: Favorite Song (Clean Version)

(Group 2)
Alyssa Alexander
Zamiyah Trammell
Song: Mix Cheerleader song

Alisson Burkhalter
Song: Talking to the moon

Kourtnie Stewart
Song: No fear (Clean version)

Marlowe Bates
Song: Gods Plans (Clean Version)

Braylin Hines
Song: Levitating (Clean version)

Art: (All drawing their interpretations of Lighthouses)
Chase Spears
Madison Trammell
Luciano Martinez
Zayden Wilkerson
Xavier Wilkerson
James Rome
Joseph Barnes
Royalty Brown
Emitth Woods
William Beard

Special Participation by the:
John Marshall School of Engineering “Lawyerettes and Marshallettes”.

Esperanza Talent Show Team!


Magnet Field Trip

Students from Esperanza, Inc.’s Escalera Program embarked on an electrifying journey through MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network! During their visit, students witnessed cutting-edge technology and took a deep dive into the science behind how factories operate and their significant contribution to job creation across the state of Ohio! This trip exemplifies how STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is crucial for students’ success in the modern world.

Escalera Program: A National Program from UnidosUS that promotes economic mobility for youth by increasing their educational attainment, career planning and access to advanced careers. #UnidosUS 

MAGNET: Magnet installations function like a prototype factory where products are created in order to teach students how they are made. For more information please visit: MAGNET | Experts in Manufacturing Growth (

Science and Education: Building a Brighter Future

A strong foundation in science education equips students with the critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and technological literacy they need to thrive in the 21st century.

We’d like to extend our thanks to Jennie Becker for guiding us during our visit and everyone at the facility for their attention and hospitality.

We are also grateful to our partner school International Newcomers Academy at Thomas Jefferson, of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, for providing us the opportunity to host our Escalera Program at their facilities and to our dedicated teachers, Robin Guerro, Michael Carlson, and Emma Klunzinger for all of their hard work and dedication to our students.



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