In 2005, Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. was one of four U.S. JA offices to receive a grant from the Goizueta Foundation to underwrite the costs of launching the JA Hispanic Initiative beginning in the 2006/07 school year. With Hispanic students accounting for more than 50 percent of our local schools’ dropout rate, there’s clearly an urgent need to improve the understanding among these students about the connection between their education and future success. With this vital idea in mind, JA’s Hispanic Initiative was launched.
What sets Hispanic initiative programs apart from regular JA programs?
- We specifically seek Title 1 schools and schools with more than 51 percent Latino student population.
- Our curriculum can be taught in both English and Spanish with accompanying Spanish material if needed.
- Latino volunteers teach and serve as role models in the classroom. Our hope is that with the Latino volunteers we will reach more than 10,000 Hispanic students this year, inspiring them to stay in school.
- Parents are sent bilingual postcards after each classroom lesson to promote parent involvement.
- Increase Hispanic high school graduation rates.
- Ignite Hispanic student motivation and pursuit of high education.
- Inspire a workforce that is better prepared for local industry demands.
- Develop a generation of Hispanic students who are financially literate.
- JA Hispanic Initiative Overview Book provides an in-depth look at the Hispanic Initiative.
- JA Hispanic Initiative One Page Overview is a flyer offering a quick look at the Hispanic Initiative.
- View the Volunteer Opportunities to discover volunteer needs within the Hispanic Initiative.
- Our Goals and Results provides details on what the Hispanic Initiative has done and hopes to do.
- Supplemental Tools for Parental Outreach offers helpful tools for parents.
- Participating Schools lists schools that have hosted Hispanic Initiative programs.
Thank You to JA’s Hispanic Initiative Sponsors
The following organizations provided financial and volunteer support for JA’s Hispanic Initiative, during the 2010-11 school year:
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