What do Sonia Sotomayor, Franklin Chang Diaz, and Rafael Reif have in common? The three are Latinos who came to the United States looking for a better life. Constant effort and discipline, combined with a fighting spirit, education and perseverance has led them to success.Sonia Sotomayor, the first Supreme Court Justice of Hispanic heritage, grew up in the Bronx, NY, and is descended from Puerto Rican parents. Sonia graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and received her law degree from Yale University.Franklin Chang Diaz, son of a Chinese Father and a Costa Rican mother, arrived in the U.S. at age 18 with only $50 in his pocket and without knowing English. His beginnings were hard, but still he was able to win a scholarship to attend university. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut and obtained his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in applied plasma physics. He was NASA’s first Latino astronaut.Rafael Reif, a native of Venezuela, studied mechanical engineering at the University of Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. He later received his doctorate in electrical engineering at Stanford University. Reif is President of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – an institution of great academic prowess.These achievements have been possible, in large part, due to continued education, their desire to achieve their dreams and support from their families and communities. Our young people can become successful adults, but they too will need our support to achieve their dreams. Berks Teens Matter can help parents to connect with and support their children.For more information visit: www.berksteensmatter.org.