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HAF Announces the Winner of the Chicago New Futuro Laptop Photo Contest

December 4, 2012 by  

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 Congratulations to Jasmine Desiree Cortes.

Cortes , a 17-year-old twelfth grader from Chicago, was born in Puerto Rico and is now deciding on her college, which is between Occidental College, Northwestern University, Boston University, University of Miami and the University of Iowa.  She would like to become an editor or possibly an author after graduation.  She fondly remembers reading her first book with her mother and the bond that formed between them.  She would like to help others to experience that too. 

Cortes was made awared of the New Futuro opportunity by Chicago Scholars, which provided transportation for her and her mother to Navy Pier for the event.

“I would like to thank the 1,463 Facebook friends who liked my picture and for their encouraging comments.  I would also like to thank the Hispanic Access Foundaion for his amazing opportunity!” said Cortes.  “It is so much help and one less thing to worry about as an entering college freshman.  My family and I can’ thank you enough.”

Hispanic Access Foundation participated in the New Futuro college prep fairs because, even though families place a high value on college education, Hispanics are not graduating from college at the rates this country needs for its economic future and prosperity.

How else has Hispanic Access Foundation been involved?

  •  Executive Director Maite Arce served as an expert panelist on a televised Spanish-language discussion with parents and students regarding meaningful access to college.
  •  HAF Board Member, Marta Sanchez and Liz Neuenschwander, HAF’s operations manager, gave presentations to parents and students titled, “Family Involvement in Education” and “Pathway to College.”
  •  H&R Block sponsored HAF’s involvement in the New Futuro events.

Latino Population Growth Underscores Need for Higher Education

November 25, 2012 by  

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Hispanic Access Foundation takes action to help more Latinos get into college

With Latinos now making up nearly a quarter of the 18-and-under population in the country and projected to grow, the importance of promoting and expanding post-secondary opportunities for them has become a critical need. As part of this effort, Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) has made education one of its four core priorities and will be participating in New Futuro’s College Prep Fair.

“Education is the key to building a better life. A strong foundation of learning can unlock doors to financial and personal success for Latinos,” said Maite Arce, HAF’s executive director. “Education is the critical centerpiece not only to the future of the Hispanic community but also to the country’s future.”

While Latinos aged 18 and under currently make up 23 percent of the country’s population, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that total to rise to 36 percent by 2020. As of 2010, only 13 percent of Hispanics held at least a bachelor’s degree, while 6.2 percent of full-time college students were Hispanic.

“The numbers tell us that more needs to be done to help Latinos gain access to higher-education opportunities,” said Arce. “Latinos want to go to college and parents place an extremely high value on education, but often times they lack the knowledge, resources or support to make it happen.”

Affordability is often one of the main barriers for Hispanics in attending or completing college. A Pew Research Center study found that 87 percent of Latinos identified lack of resources as a barrier to their higher education and career development.

As part of the College Prep Fair, HAF is providing workshops for parents and students on how to prepare for and finance higher education, including the use of financial aid, tax-free savings accounts and scholarships. Additionally, Arce is participating on the College Prep Fair’s panel discussion televised by Telemundo. In the exhibit hall, HAF has been providing laptop giveaways to those students who show their desire to go to college through HAF’s Facebook page.

This work has been an extension of HAF’s other work. In its tax education workshops, held throughout the county, HAF has helped parents and students get their financial documentation in order to apply for financial aid. The organization has also launched youth leadership development initiatives in Colorado.

“We need to make sure Hispanics understand how to navigate the university system,” said Arce. “They need the tools to tear down the roadblocks and continue on the college-degree path. If we don’t take action now, a vast segment of our country’s population will lack the education necessary to strengthen us as a whole.”

The next College Prep Fair, which takes place on Nov. 10 in Chicago, is one of several in a series that have taken place this fall. HAF has presented at the fairs in Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Houston.

Hispanic Access Foundation Announces the Second Winner of the New York New Futuro Laptop Photo Contest!

November 12, 2012 by  

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In New York there was a tie for the number of the most likes, with both contestants getting more than 1,200 likes!  We are now announcing our second winner, Miss Ana Rodriguez.

A little about Ana: She is Mexican- American and lives in the Bronx.  She’s currently a 10th grader.  At her high school she is studying design and construction because she wants to be an architect.   She wants to go to college in Florida.

Her sister took her to the New Futuro event, after her Spanish teacher had encouraged her to go.

Hispanic Access Foundation participated in the New Futuro college prep fairs because we know that for families a college education is very important but that Hispanics are still not graduating from college at the rates this country needs for its economic future and prosperity.

How else has Hispanic Access Foundation be involved?

  • Executive Director Maite Arce is served as an expert panelist on a televised Spanish-language discussion with parents and students regarding meaningful access to college
  • HAF Board Member, Marta Sanchez and HAF team member Liz Neuenschwander gave presentations to parents and students titled, “Family Involvement in Education” and “Pathway to College.”
  • H&R Block sponsored Hispanic Access’ involvement in the New Futuro events, so to find us follow the signs for the H&R Block booths and workshops.

 

HAF Announces the Winner of the Miami New Futuro Laptop Photo Contest

November 10, 2012 by  

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Congratulations to Elianeth Mary Brito.

Brito, a 15-year-old 11th grader from Miami, was born in Puerto Rico and wants to attend the University of Florida or the University of Central Florida to major in Creative Writing and minor in Drama.

Brito wants to thank everyone who liked her picture, as well as her brothers, mom (who brought her to the New Futuro event), and best friends Chelsie and Lailonny for spreading the word about the contest.

Hispanic Access Foundation participated in the New Futuro college prep fairs because we know that for families a college education is very important but that Hispanics are still not graduating from college at the rates this country needs for its economic future and prosperity.

How else has Hispanic Access Foundation be involved?

  • Executive Director Maite Arce is served as an expert panelist on a televised Spanish-language discussion with parents and students regarding meaningful access to college
  • HAF Board Member, Marta Sanchez and HAF team member Liz Neuenschwander gave presentations to parents and students titled, “Family Involvement in Education” and “Pathway to College.”
  • H&R Block sponsored Hispanic Access’ involvement in the New Futuro events.

Hispanic Access Foundation is announcing the winners of the New York New Futuro Laptop Photo Contest!

November 9, 2012 by  

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Hispanic Access Foundation is announcing the winners of the New York New Futuro Laptop Photo Contest!

In New York there was a tie in the number of the most likes, with both contestants getting more than 1,200 likes each.  We are announcing Karol Emely Rodriguez as the first winner; the other winner’s profile will be posted soon.

A little about Karol: her mom is Peruvian and dad is Dominican.  She lives in Washington Heights.  She’s currently a senior at Manhattan Hunter Science High School. The school is partnered with Hunter College, and allows seniors to take all of their classes at Hunter College, gaining college credit, so that’s what she is doing now.  She’s applying to several schools; the University of New Haven, Syracuse University, Penn State, and various CUNY schools including Hunter College.  She wants to study forensic science and be a medical examiner.

Her mom found out about the New Futuro event and they registered online.  When we asked her who she wanted to thank, she said every person who gave her a like, but especially her mom.  She said “I just want to make her proud and have her see me graduate from college with a degree. I want to succeed, for her.”

Hispanic Access Foundation will be giving away 1 more laptop, at the following event:

New Futuro Chicago- Navy Pier Exhibition Hall – November 10,2012

You must be in attendance to be eligible to win a laptop.

Why is Hispanic Access Foundation participating in the New Futuro college prep fairs?  Hispanic Access Foundation knows that for families a college education is very important but that Hispanics are still not graduating from college at the rates this country needs for its economic future and prosperity.

How else is Hispanic Access Foundation participating?

  • Executive Director Maite Arce is serving as an expert panelist on a televised Spanish-language discussion with parents and students regarding meaningful access to college
  • HAF Board Member, Marta Sanchez and HAF team member Liz Neuenschwander are giving presentations to parents and students titled, “Family Involvement in Education” and “Pathway to College.”
  • H&R Block is sponsoring Hispanic Access’ involvement in the New Futuro events, so to find us follow the signs for the H&R Block booths and workshops.
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