Aurora University alumnus honored at Phenomenal Man Awards

Boys II Men - a minority youth leadership group - holds the annual Phenomenal Man Awards in order to honor those who are supporting their communities. David Blancas, an Aurora University graduate and immigration reform advocate, was honored, along with about 100 young men who have excelled in academics.

Blancas, who is Mexican-American, is an advocate of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which would allow children of illegal immigrants to earn permanent residency and attend college in the U.S. He has organized trips to Washington, DC and Arizona in support of the legislation.

"What I've come to find is that sometimes obstacles come right as you're about to accomplish your dream," Blancas said. "A lot of people lack persistence. Things might not be going according to plan, even though you might be three feet away from reaching your dream."

He was the first in his family to gradate from college.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently projected that in the coming decade, 90 percent of new high-growth, high-wage jobs will require some postsecondary education.

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