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Emanuel Martinez: From Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League

Friday Aug 23, 2013  | 

At Essex County College, Emanuel Martinez is wrapping up a series of workshops meant to empower community college students to transfer to four-year colleges. A native of Mexico, Martinez moved to Passaic with his family at age 7. When his mother discovered that he was gay, Emanuel left home and spent nights in a homeless shelter. Yet he managed to attend ECC, earn a 4.0 grade point average, and transfer to University of Pennsylvania, where he is now enrolled in Latin American Studies.

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