Higher education changed the life of San Antonio, Texas, councilman Rey Saldaña, 28. Now the legislator is helping the next generation, working with the same organization that helped make college a reality for him.
Saldaña was a bright high school freshman, but he assumed that the diploma he would get three years later would be the end of his education.
"Coming from a low-income community with parents who didn't graduate high school and didn't speak English, my path at that point was just to graduate high school," Saldaña said in an interview with NBC Latino. His father, who immigrated from Mexico, worked in manual labor, and the same applied to most of the adults around him.
Fast forward a few years, and Saldaña is a city official in the place where he grew up. But he also chairs the CIS Alumni Leadership Network in San Antonio, a professional and personal leadership development group for CIS alumni all across the country as they graduate from high school and navigate college and career. Read more in NBC News Latino.