Bringing low-income and low-education Hispanic parents to the schools their children attend is the first and critical step in engaging them and on building relationships, trust, and respect. It is the key that opens the way to education and understanding of the American school system, and sets the stage to develop leadership.

Before parents join our program most have never even touched a computer, so it is hard for them to acquire new knowledge; they have never accessed the Parent Connect, so they can’t really know how their kids are doing at school; and they don’t speak English, so they don’t communicate with teachers. And on top of this, none has ever prepared a family budget or a simple financial plan. But they all want their kids to go to college.

We provide parents with the skills they need to do all of the above. In the process they become partners in their children’s education and realize that they have the power to make things happen. They become changemakers!

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Because the educational experience of low-income Hispanics in the United States is one of accumulated disadvantage, stemming from parents’ immigrant and socioeconomic status and their lack of knowledge about the U.S. education system.

We base our programs and strategies on the premise that engaging low-income and low-education Hispanic parents at the children’s schools has a positive and immediate impact on the parents, their children, and the schools. There is a wealth of information, research, and studies that support these facts.

• The number of Hispanic students in the nation’s public schools nearly doubled from 1990 to 2006, accounting for 60% of the total growth. By 2011 they represented 25 percent of public school students in the United States.

• In 2012 Hispanic students were the majority in the public schools of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. More than two-thirds (69%) of them were from Mexican origin, and seven-in-ten (70%) spoke a language other than English at home.

• Hispanic children underperform dramatically in their earlier years of school, less than half graduate from high school, and even less pursue a post-secondary education. In the Class of 2011 only 15 percent were identified as proficient in mathematics and 5 percent in English.

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