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Former Morton Ranch High School graduate, Vangelic Parker, taught English to Spanish speaking immigrants in the Austin area. Parker now attends Texas State University – San Marcos where she joined the McCoy College of Business student organization Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), which has partnered with the organization El Buen Samaritano in Austin.

The project titled Una Vida Mejor, Spanish for “A Better Life,” focuses on helping immigrants succeed in their new lives in the United States. SIFE has volunteered with El Buen Samaritano’s program for three years through workshops on transitional information session for immigrants, language advancement courses and classes on American business etiquette and practices.

SIFE’s learning philosophy is “Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I might remember, Involve me and I will understand.” Parker displays this philosophy by teaching English that provides hands-on learning that leads to bilingual job opportunities for the immigrants.

“I feel like I’ve grown so much since I’ve joined SIFE, and I definitely understand why it is so important to help others and make a positive impact in someone’s life,” says Parker.

SIFE is a global, non-profit organization that is literally changing the world through highly dedicated student teams on more than 1600 university campuses in 40 countries. SIFE offers these students the opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning, practicing and teaching the principles of free enterprise, thereby improving the standard of living for millions in the process.

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