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Arizona Programs Announced as Bright Spots in Hispanic Education by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Posted on: September 17, 2015

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics highlighted 230 programs across the country on Tuesday, September 15th as Bright Spots for investing in key education priorities affecting the Hispanic community. There were 10 programs in Arizona recognized as Bright Spots, five of which are partners of Helios Education Foundation.

“We are thrilled that the work being done by Be A Leader Foundation, The American Dream Academy, Ready Now Yuma, AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute and Abriendo Puertas is being recognized by the White House and is receiving national attention as a Bright Spot,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “We believe that every student, regardless of zip code, deserves a high-quality education and along with our partners, we are committed to closing the Latino student achievement gap and ensuring that Arizona’s students are prepared to succeed in college and career.”

The five other Arizona programs recognized by the initiative include Adults Achieving a College Education, Amistades, Bilingual Nursing Fellows Program, Fowler Head Start Program and The Victoria Foundation.

The Bright Spots throughout the country are representative of key educational areas including early learning, college access, STEM education, postsecondary completion and Hispanic teacher recruitment. Be A Leader Foundation, The American Dream Academy, Ready Now Yuma, AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute and Abriendo Puertas are focused on ensuring that the educational challenges Hispanic communities face are identified and addressed. Through their work, these programs are helping increase educational achievement and improve life outcomes for Hispanics in their respective communities.

As Latinos represent the fastest growing segment of Arizona’s population, they will ultimately make up a large portion of the future workforce. Ensuring that the Latino student population has access to quality education across the continuum and closing the Latino student achievement gap will better prepare these students for success in college and career and help them become contributors to a vibrant state economy.

The Bright Spots 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. Click here to learn more about the initiative and to view the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog.

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