Our mission is to create a shift in the education of low-income Hispanics by training parents in the understanding the American educational system. Our goal is that every child should have the opportunity to go to college.
Equity in Education
There is no equity in the education of low-income Hispanics. The most profound risk facing them is the failure to graduate from High school with the proper credentials to go to college or the workforce. The lack of adequate educational attainment compromises their ability to both contribute and share in the national prosperity. How these risks and opportunities play out over the decades ahead will define not only the kind of future Hispanics will inherit, but also the economic and social contours of the United States.
About Road to College
Our Road to College program is a four-hour smartphone-based learning course in Spanish and English designed in collaboration with Lone Star College in Houston for low-income parents. It focuses on mothers because they are a critical factor in their children’s education. In addition, mothers may become mentors to other mothers, thus increasing the social capital of their communities. In our experience, the best way to teach low-income parents is when they create groups of 5 or 6 parents as this allows for discussions and empathy. Continuous feedback gives parents the opportunity to reinforce learning.
Importance of Road to College
Based on the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that by 2060 Hispanics will be about one-third of the total population of the U.S. and will continue to grow faster than Whites and African Americans. Therefore, the participation of young Hispanics at all levels of the economy is crucial. It is not a matter of race; it is a matter of education.
Web app that collects all the information parents need to learn about the Road to College. It is being updated. Go to PACTMOVIL
We provide our Road to College program at public schools at no cost simply because most public schools do not have the funding for parental education. Schools’ counselors now facilitate our program. We pay them $80 for each four-hour course. We need your tax-deductible donations, which can be from a one-hour class to any number of four-hour courses.
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400 Voices® and PACT Movil® are registered marks of 400 Voices, Inc.
501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.