Valor: The American Odyssey of Roy Dominguez

By Rogelio Dominguez; James B. Lane | Go to book overview

Conclusion
Core Values

America has always produced leaders who are optimistic about the future, whether it be entrepreneurs, political leaders, or civil rights agents of change such as Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez. Each wave of immigrants to our shores, given a fair chance, has contributed to the American Dream. Hispanics are now taking an enhanced place to help carry that dream to unprecedented heights.


PROJECT HOPE

In 2006 I helped organize a group called HOPE. The acronym stands for the Hispanic Organization Promoting Excellence. The primary mission is to promote excellence in the areas of education, employment, and image. I wrote to members of the Hispanic community, such as judges, lawyers, prosecutors, business executives, educators, union leaders, and other professionals, asking them to help do something to reduce the high school dropout rate and increase the number of Hispanics seeking higher education. By some estimates over half the Hispanic students in Lake County were dropping out of high school. With few job prospects, dropouts were susceptible to recruitment by gangs and drug dealers.

The group formed a Hispanic Youth Leadership Academy, and for the past three years we have enrolled 200 students in a summer program promoting leadership skills, ethics, and practical information on filling out college applications and applying for financial aid. As a result, virtually all of the students from our leadership academy enrolled in college.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • One - Roots 1
  • Two - Growing Up 15
  • Three - Teen Years 35
  • Four - Work and College 53
  • Five - State Trooper and Law Student 67
  • Six - Advances and Setbacks 85
  • Seven - Evan Bayh and Statewide Office 105
  • Eight - 1990- Political Campaigns 155
  • Nine - Becoming Lake County Sheriff 175
  • Ten - Triumph and Tragedy 201
  • Eleven - Second Term 215
  • Twelve - Dreaming Big 233
  • Core Values 254
  • Conclusion - Core Values 255
  • Afterword 267
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