To empower low-income, low-education Hispanic parents to become changemakers* and full partners in their children’s educational attainment to enable them to reach their full potential in adult life.
Our purpose is to change the mindset of the low-income Hispanic parents towards their participation at the schools and the need to become involved partners in the education of their children. We have to create a culture of education in the home that allows the parents to succeed and to pass that love of learning and that respect for education on to their kids.
We serve low-income Hispanic parents whose children attend Title 1 schools. They are first generation parents most of whom don’t speak English, don’t understand the American school system, and are computer and financial illiterate. All these deficits keep them apart from helping and guiding their children towards academic success. Median age is 30 to 44 year-olds of which 90% are women.
Our focus is on mothers because they are the most important factor in their children’s education. Mothers should become leaders of their communities to influence decisions that affect them and to guide their children towards postsecondary education. They all should become change makers.
Partner with school districts that have family and community engagement departments serving our target population, particularly those that have parent coordinators or advisors at the schools. Schools should be willing to offer our PACT Program® to parents, guardians and other adults in Spanish. We will also partner with organizatioons that already serve our target population. We will focus on areas of high Hispanic concentration.
We look at PACT Program® as an educational experience that changes the whole family’s attitude on the importance of education. It increases parents’ self-confidence as they work to earn a diploma and then begin to reap the exciting benefits of continued education. Our impact reaches way beyond grades to affect the way families view education itself. In addition to instilling a culture of education in the family.
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Parents Alliance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization EIN 20-8769213
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The following articles gather much of what we believe in and care about, the way we want change to happen and how we understand our role in pursuing a better education for low-income Hispanic families. > Click on the titles.
Just enough information about us.
Our mission is to empower underserved Hispanic parents to become agents of change and full partners in their children’s educational attainment to enable them to reach their full potential in adult life. We are committed to the success of low-income Hispanic families. Our strategy focuses on mothers because they are the most important factor in their children’s education. They should become leaders of their communities to influence decisions that affect them, and to help their children get a better education.
Investing in the Education of Low-Income Hispanic Parents
For parents to become agents of change several efforts must materialize: parents need to partner with the schools and get involved in the education of their children; schools must include parental education as an integral part of the curriculum; federal, state and local governments, businesses and foundations must provide the necessary funds specifically for this purpose; and school districts should include well-equipped Parent Centers for schools when passing bond issues.
Engaging Hispanic Parents at Title 1 Schools
We believe that family involvement in education improves the achievement of children living in low-income families, especially those who face the additional challenge of low parent education. We have to create a culture of education in the home that allows the parents to succeed and to pass that love of learning and that respect for education on to their kids.
Developing Human Capital at Public Schools in Texas
Simply stated, human capital means people. A key principle central to the human capital idea is that people are assets whose value can be enhanced through investment. In order to have real impact in the creation of human capital, special attention must be given to parents, because they need information and knowledge to help their children explore, plan, and make the successful transition from kindergarten to high school.
Superate y Triunfa PACT Program are ® Registered Trademarks of Parents Alliance, Inc.
* Changemaker is a ® Trademark of Ashoka used under authorization.