Want to inspire high school students and tell them all about your passion?
Then volunteer to be a career speaker at Mission High School this November 13th and 15th, and/or February 12th and 14th!
Last year’s Career Fairs were very well received and are greatly anticipated by pupils and staff. This year, students will be able to attend different sessions on the two days, according to their career areas of choice. We hope that Speakers can commit to attending on both the Tuesday and the Thursday since this has proven to be a successful format but we are very flexible as we are aware of the time constraints which have to be considered in the workplace.
Sessions will run from approximately 1:45-2:30 pm and would be in individual classrooms. On the first day of both the November and February Fairs there will be an orientation and lunch for our Speakers from 12-1:30pm. The speaker format can be individual or group presentations with question and answer sections depending on the preference of the Speaker and the industry or profession covered. We are looking for approximately 40 Speakers to be available on each day.
If interested, please contact Evelyn Bealby at firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com or call 650-743-4105 after 3:30pm and tell her you come from EDGEucation.
This will be the 3rd year EDGEucation staff participates, and we cant wait to get involved this year again, so join us!
Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation & Merritt College Present: Aztec Run for Education 2012
It’s that time of the year again! Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation’s Annual Aztec Run for education is coming and we invite you to participate in this year’s 5K run!
The Aztec Run for Education is currently enjoying a renaissance and growing fast. There are few runs like the Aztec Run in the Bay Area. A truly festive, family-oriented event, it features entertainment; unique team divisions for families, corporate groups, non-profits and open groups; and it is the only run that promotes fitness for our elected officials in the form of the annual Mayors Cup competition.
All proceeds from the Aztec Run go to support the educational programs of the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, an Oakland-based non-profit established in 1965. The SSCF was founded to improve the lives of Latinos in the Oakland area and dedicated to the mission of empowering the community and the individuals of the community to improve their quality of lives while upholding their rich Latino culture.
Over the years, the SSCF has evolved into a true family resource center, providing a range of services to families and individuals in the community. The educational programs include, but are not limited to Youth After School programs, La Raza Youth Leadership programs, college information and prep sessions for high school students, college-scholarships for high school seniors, and the Citizenship Empowerment Program, assisting immigrants in obtaining U.S. citizenship and becoming active participants in the civic and political process.
For more information about the Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, please see their website at www.sscf.org
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Merritt College 12500 Campus Drive, OAKLAND, CA 94619
8:00 am 5K Run Start
8:15 am 2 Mile Walk Start
9:00 am FREE Soccer Skills Clinic
9:30 am FREE Kiddie Run (1/4 mile)
10:00 am Mayor’s Cup Relay
10:30 am Team Relays (4x 200m, 4x 400m, 4x 800m)
Register Online at www.aztecrun.org or at http://www.aztecrun.org/files/Aztec_Run_Registration_Form9-2012.pdf
Due to some difficulties encountered last year with school staff involvement due to budget, we decided to revamp our program and focus on strengthening our program components. Specifically, this year we have strengthen our data collection methods to better measure the impact of the program.
EDGEucation is excited to announce that this year, we have partnered with Hayward High School’s Puente Program to pair members of the community as mentors with high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and we need your help.
The mentorship responsibilities include:
-Meet with your student once a month and maintain communication (via email, phone, chat, skype, etc) 3-4 times a month.
-Attend a high school organized event at least once per semester.
Our goal is to increase the high school graduation attainment of underrepresented students and start conversations about higher education.
If you want to be part of this year’s mentoring pool, please send us an email detailing your background, personal and professional interest, and why you want to be a mentor to firstname.lastname@example.org
Its that time of year again, where you get to help high school students from Hayward High School learn about your career and practice their networking skills. Please save the date and join us. There will be a little “happy hour” for adults after.
One of the things our Puente team wants our students to leave Hayward High with is a stronger networking ability. In that spirit, we are hosting our 3rd Annual “Grape Juice and Cheese” event on May 3rd from 6 to 8 pm in the Hayward High Library.
The idea is to bring professionals together from various fields and have students practice “working the room.” It could be a great opportunity for us to not only help my students grow, but it could serve to reconnect a lot of us and to extend our own networks. We are hoping to make this event something students not only remember but that gives them an edge when they are in similar settings in the future.
We are getting ready to work with our youngest cohort yet. We are looking for mentors to work with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in San Francisco from March – August. If you are interested please send us a brief paragraph describing your background, your current job, and your hobbies. [if you have done this already, please just reply with your full name so we can look up your application].
To be a mentor we require that you:
-Meet personally with your student at least once per month (could be at the student’s school)
-Communicate with your student 3-4 hours per month (could be through email, phone, chat, etc)
-Keep records of your meetings through EDGEucation’s website (will receive details once selected)
If you are selected to work with a student, you will be asked to complete a lifescan test, as well as get interviewed by the SFUSD staff during the month of February.
EDGEucation will host a mentor/student meeting, as well as other educational activities for other mentors and students to connect.
The mentoring program will run from March through August. In September we will start a new mentoring academic year
If you are interested, please send us your materials no later than February 20 at 5 pm to Laura Brady at email@example.com. Mentors will be selected by February 28th.
Last year, Mission High School organized two career fairs for Juniors and Seniors with 36 speakers conducting 45 minute sessions on a wide variety of career areas. The fair was highly successful and they are doing it again, this time for Freshmen and Sophomore students. However, they need your help in finding speakers.
Mission High School asked the Freshman and Sophomore students to complete a questionnaire identifying their career interests so that we could arrange for speakers in those areas. At present the school is looking for Speakers to cover the following career areas;
Judiciary Services, preferably a Judge
Social Work/Probation Services
The sessions run from 1:45-2:30pm on February 14 & 16 in individual classrooms supervised by a teacher. Speakers are expected to be at the school no later than 1:30pm. On the Tuesday, there is a lunch and orientation for the speakers which was a very useful networking time prior to the presentations.
Sessions can be done by individuals or groups and have involved audio visual aids, props (one speaker brought a skeleton),surveys, question and answer time and handouts. Our main wish is to engage the students and have them interacting with the speakers to learn as much as possible about different jobs and careers in a specific field. Career paths into the profession, qualifications required and examples of a typical “day in the life of…” are helpful. If speakers can do both days, that is helpful but we are aware of people’s time constraints.
Mission High School has a very diverse student body and both the teachers and students take pride in their school. Carlos Santana is a graduate of Mission High and gave a private concert for students in November, practicing with the music students and performing with them on stage. James Olmos spoke about the importance of staying in school and talked about all the possible jobs and careers that students could enter. We are trying to ensure that students see opportunities rather than limitations by bringing mentors into our school to share their knowledge.
If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Bealby at firstname.lastname@example.org and be part of the change!
New report examines enrollment history, achievement gaps, and persistence in school for English Language Learners (ELL) students and reclassified ELL students as compared to non-ELL students. The study uses statewide individual-level data sets merged from students’ entry to exit in the state’s public school system for graduate cohorts of 2006, 2007, and 2008. Results show that after accounting for academic achievement, behavioral issues, background, and district contexts, the longer a student is designated as an ELL, the more likely he or she is to drop out. This relationship may suggest that protracted ELL status leads to higher incidence of dropping out of high schools.
The article was published last monthby the National CCenter for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST) titled “Relationships among and between ELL status, demographic characteristics, enrollment history, and school persistence”
We hope you are having an amazing holiday season, and that 2012 will be filled with great adventures. To wrap up 2011, we wanted to share a few of our accomplishments, and let you know what we have planned for 2012.
This year we:
-Welcomed Jorel Guilloty as part of our external Board of Directors
-Had an amazing mentor mixer event at Charles Schwab’s headquarters and LAM, where we screened the movie ‘Miss Representation’ by Jennifer Newsom
-Worked with two new schools in San Francisco, including for the first time a high school
-EDGEucation submitted an application to become tax exempt! This will allow us to receive larger donations as a tax exempt organization, and help our programs grow
While we are very excited about our accomplishments, we understand that there is still a lot of work to do. In 2012, there are our goals:
-Create an internal Board of Directors that can take EDGEucation to the next level. Specifically, we are looking for strong leaders in the areas of events/programming, teacher/production, webmaster/communication, and a secretary. If you are interested and would like to get more information please email us at email@example.com
-Increase the number of students in our program in San Francisco by 20%
Continue and expand our collaborations efforts with other organizations such as Charles Schwab, Twitter, and local organizations
-Start working on a university scholarship for graduating high school students
We thank you for all your support, and we challenge you to impact someone’s life by mentoring them. We would like to give special thanks to our speakers Laura Gomez (Twitter), and Claudia Galvan (Microsoft), keep on rocking ladies!
On December 1st we will be hosting private screening of Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s film, Miss Representation. This exclusive event will explore how mainstream media directly contributes to the under-representation of women and minorities in key leadership roles by cultivating demeaning stereotypes and rigid gender roles.
Following the screening, we will host a panel discussion on how to best empower our youth today.
Space for this event is limited and registration for is required. Please RSVP by November 28th
The current status of Latinos in the U.S. – Challenges and opportunities
The rapid growth rate of Latinos living in the United States has been a major center of controversy for the last couple of years covering heated debates around the numbers of legal foreign-born immigrants, U.S. born Latinos, and unauthorized immigrants. Aside from the debate, numbers don’t lie, and the numbers released by the 2010 census make Latinos the largest minority group in the United States accounting for 16% of the total population. What is even more powerful are the projections; according to the Census bureau, that percentage is expected to nearly double by the middle of this century.
While one in four American children is Latino, we have the lowest education attainment levels in the nation. According to the White House Report on Latino Education, more than 17.1 million Latinos age 17 or younger live in the U.S., comprising more than 23 percent of the country’s youth and nearly 22 percent of all K-12 public school enrollments. However, less than half are enrolled in early learning programs. Only half of the population earns a high school diploma on time, and when those students do, they’re half as likely to be ready for college. To date, more than 87% of Latinos do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Our college drop-out rate is 2.5 times higher than that of African Americans and 3.5 times higher than that of white Anglo Americans according to a report released by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in 2007.
The pressing questions are then: Why Should we care? What can we do?
As the second largest population group in the United States, the educational attainment of Latino students is connected to the nation’s growth and success. As the Latino population grows, the U.S. economy becomes more and more dependent on its success.
It is imperative that Latino students break the cycle benefit from full access to educational experiences of the highest quality.
When it comes to what actions to take there is a simple one: let’s give back. As professional Latinos with the drive, determination, and passion to excel we have a responsibility to cultivate the next generation of Latinos through mentoring and sponsorships. Mentoring has been proven to be highly effective in connecting students with leaders in the community, particularly in conquering the academic and social disengagement from school that leads to dropping out. An overwhelming number of Hispanic youth in the country does not have professional role models within their own family; mentors are important in ensuring success and providing the students with professional guidance, support, and access to resources.
We have started, are you ready to join us?
EDGEucation is a program that centers on inspiring and leading youth, through pairing students with leaders from their communities and educating students on the numerous options they have after high school. The goal of EDGEucation is to increase the graduation rate among underrepresented groups in California by leading and creating inspirational programs and connecting positive role models from within the community with students. Our vision is to level the playing field and aid underrepresented groups attain better opportunities after graduation by leading, inspiring, and working with prospective role models from within the community, to push education to the edge, and make education attainable for everyone.
If you are ready to make a difference or if you want to learn more about EDGEucation, we invite you to join us for our Mentor Mixer and Recruiting event.
Brazil has recently announced that it will be awarding 75,000 scholarships for young Brazilians to attend the best universities of the world!
“During the 2009–10 academic year, Brazil a nation of almost 200 million people, had fewer than 9,000 students at U.S. universities; China, by contrast, had more than 127,000, India 100,000 and South Korea 72,000. That’s a big reason that more than a third of the world’s research and development takes place in Asia today while less than 3% of it goes on in Latin America. As a result, countries across the region are working to get more of their best and brightest into top-flight institutions like Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and the Sorbonne. Ecuador last month announced its largest scholarship program yet, hoping to send more than 1,000 students overseas, while Colombia in 2011 will place more people abroad than in the past 18 years combined. Chile is expanding its own program to offer 30,000 scholarships by 2018, and even tiny El Salvador now has a study-abroad project.”