Student Highlights

Denise Santillan Munoz Wins Gold!

Students from Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) demonstrated their expertise and proficiency in healthcare at the recent HOSA-Future Health Professionals State Competion in Anaheim, CA during the week of April 4-6, 2024.

Opportunity Youth Academy student, Denise Santillan Munoz won a GOLD MEDAL in the Dental Science Category! Congratulations to Denise!

During the state competition Denise performed procedures, demonstrations, and participated in other competitive events divided into seven categories: health science, emergency preparedness, teamwork, ATC Testing, health professions, leadership, and recognition. 

Denise will graduate this semester and receive her certificate in dental assisting from SVCTE. 

She will then go on to the HOSA International Leadership Conference June 26-29 in Houston, TX where she will meet with teams from all 50 states, Mexico, Samoa, China, Korea, Canada, and other countries. 


Youth Liberation Movement

Meyia Carrasco, Co-Founder of the San Jose Youth Liberation Movement (YLM), is very active in bringing youth voice to the political stage in Santa Clara County and beyond. 

Meyia is currently seeking youth to participate in 4 Design Days for the Youth Housing Coalition. This effort will bring the voices of young adults aged 17-26 with lived experiences and interests to the policy-creating efforts with the community. If you are interested in this effort, please register for the event via the 4 Design Days for a Youth Housing Coalition website. 

Meyia and members of the YLM were responsible for the design and adoption of The Bill of Rights for Children and Young Adults in Santa Clara County. The Santa Clara County Office of Education and Opportunity Youth Academy, along with other organizations adopted the Bill of Rights in the spring of 2023. 

The staff at Opportunity Youth Academy are very proud of Meyia Carrasco and the work she is doing as a Champion for Change for the youth of Santa Clara County.

Meyia Carrasco (front center) and members of the

Youth Liberation Movement 

San Jose Spotlight, July 27, 2022