“America’s Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of our country and played an important role in shaping our national character as a people of limitless possibility. This month, let us honor their distinct heritage while reaffirming our commitment to enabling them to build a future bright with hope and opportunity for themselves, their families, and the country we love.” President Obama 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation
This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) and in honor of this historic celebration, the Initiative, throughout the month will highlight the tremendous progress Latinos are making in education.
Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth. Making sure these young people have the opportunity to achieve their dreams isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s also a matter of our shared success as a country. In just the next few decades, Hispanics will represent nearly one in three American workers. It’s clear; the future of our nation is closely connected to the future of our Hispanic communities.
The Initiative is proud to announce its release of the “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education” online national catalog and the “Latinas in the U.S., 2015” report.
The Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog features over 230 programs, models, organizations and initiatives that are supporting and investing in the educational attainment of Hispanics, from cradle-to-career. The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community.
At the local level East Moline and QC residents should be proud to have the Glenview Middle School program One by One be recognized as one of these “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education”. Congratulations to the driving force of this program Ms Margarita Mojica and Ms Charlene Upchurch-Taylor and the many advisors and volunteers. Check out the feature Hola America did on them last month on our web site HolaAmericaNews.com
The Latinas in the U.S. report highlights the condition of Hispanic girls and women in the country and their participation in areas such as: education, health, labor, housing and politics. The report can inform key programmatic, policy and advocacy efforts at the local, state and national levels seeking to better increase the educational attainment and life outcomes of Latinas.
To stay updated on all the announcements that will be released throughout Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 sign up for the Initiative’s emails here.