Providing students of modest economic means with a college preparatory education aimed at helping young men and women develop the habits of mind and spirit that will enable them to be successful in college, in their careers, and in life.
Providing meaningful opportunities for professionals to interact with and mentor students while making a difference in their lives. Over 100 Cleveland-area businesses, firms, and non-profits have partnered with Saint Martin.
Saint Martin invites students into our school community who are committed to academic, spiritual, social, emotional, and physical growth. During the admissions process, Saint Martin reviews academic, disciplinary, and attendance records, as well as teacher recommendations.
While we are serious about preparing students for college and career success, we also believe that school should be fun! Caring for the whole student, we believe that involvement in extracurriculars is essential to continuing to form talented, well-rounded, and interesting individuals.
Class of 2010 alumna, Joseline Menjivar, credits her Corporate Work Study experience at Saint Martin for helping her become a business owner. After being an independent provider for people with disabilities for three years, Joseline wanted to make a greater impact. She was inspired to create her own homecare agency, Guardians Care LLC, where she has found her passion. Named as a recent Power100 member for the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development, Joseline is finding success as a young alumna in the professional world. Joseline’s agency is making an impact for people with disabilities in several ways. This includes going to clients’ homes to provide care for them by cooking, cleaning, or helping out in any areas that the client wants. They also drive clients to appointments, dinner dates, or wherever they wish to go. They are a homecare agency that truly cares about their clients and gets to grow relationships with them while lending a helping hand.
Her drive for entrepreneurship and developing a business did not develop overnight. She reflects back on her Corporate Work Study experience at Saint Martin and how it gave her the tools to be successful. One memorable work experience through the program was her senior year placement at Mansour Gavin Law Firm in downtown Cleveland. This role made her realize that she wants to work in the office one day and exposed her to filing, mailing and assisting with paralegal duties. She looked forward to her work days as she enjoyed her jobs and learning about the professional work environment at a young age.
Apart from her company, Joseline also tries to stay heavily involved within the community and organizations that she is passionate about. She is involved with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, participates in a Jump Start Impact program, and is also an associate board member for Milestones Autism Resources.
After seeing success from her agency, Joseline is aiming for grander goals. She hopes to grow her agency to become a top company in Cleveland in the next 5-10 years. Her goal is to have even more homes and wheelchair vans for clients, even more employees, and wants to give back to the community more.
She leaves the students with an important lesson: "Nothing is out of reach, if we dream about something, it is possible." She believes that with focus and determination, we can achieve anything we set our minds to. It may take some time, but setting goals for ourselves and working hard towards them can lead to great success.
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