Pati Hernandez, 18, will graduate from Boulder High School later this month, and then she’ll attend the University of Colorado. She wants to be an elementary art teacher, but having a 13-month-old-daughter made applying to college stressful. One of her tutors at the Family Learning Center pushed her to get it done, even if she wasn’t sure she’d get in.

When she found out she was accepted, she was ecstatic.

Hernandez has been coming to the Family Learning Center since she was in preschool. Her tutors really make her think about the problems she’s completing instead of teaching her to memorize the steps, she said.

“It’s sort of like a study group,” Hernandez said as a group of high school students sat with her at a large table, flipping through notebooks. “We brainstorm together. A lot of us are in the same classes and it helps.”

Brianna Hall, 17, also will graduate this spring from Boulder High. She’ll be attending Adams State College in Alamosa to play basketball. When she arrived in the basement area reserved for high school students, Hall sat down between Hernandez and Veronica Gebremariam, 19, who graduated last year and was back visiting friends at the center.

Hall immediately squeezed Hernandez and Gebremariam in a hug with both arms.

“These are my family,” Hall said, looking at her two friends.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Sarah Kuta at 303-473-1361

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