Latin American youth are overcoming the obstacles they face en route to a post-secondary education.
By 2020 the U.S. will fall short of five million educated workers necessary to maintain our economy. Latin American children are the fastest growing population, notably in Texas, with the potential to fulfill our nation’s need for an educated workforce. Con Mi MADRE, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, strives to increase the number of young Latinas pursuing and succeeding in post-secondary education.
Latina youth face many obstacles, but given the right support and culturally responsive education they can overcome any challenge. Con Mi MADRE seeks to provide education and support services for young Latinas and their mothers that is necessary for success, and have done so for the last 25 years.
Con Mi MADRE is a two-generation organization that empowers young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation and success in post-secondary education. Con Mi MADRE translates to ‘with my mother,’ which describes the unique element of programming that intentionally engages mothers in their daughter’s educational journey from 6th grade through college graduation.
Young Latinas and their mothers can enroll in Con Mi MADRE together which grants them access to an array of services such as: mother-daughter conferences, college visits, campus meetings, community service activities, as well as counseling and mentoring throughout the year.
Con Mi MADRE has made significant impact in the nation through the work they do. The following statistics show the program's influence to date:
- 600-700 young Latinas and their mothers are enrolled in the programing in the Austin area every year
- In 2014 - 2015, 62 percent of Con Mi Madre students have low-income backgrounds and 80 percent will be first-generation college students
- 100 percent of senior students enrolled in the program graduate from high school, on average 77 percent enroll into a post-secondary institution and 1 percent experience teenage pregnancy
- Over 50 percent of students enrolled in the program , 2014 - 2015, said they felt more emotionally academic and financially prepared for college
Con Mi MADRE is unique in that it focuses on strengthening the mother-daughter bond while providing support and educational opportunities for both daughters and mothers. All services, activities and materials offered by Con Mi Madre are bilingual and presented in a culturally competent manner, honoring the girls’ Hispanic heritage.
For more information about Con Mi MADRE, visit them here: www.conmimadre.org