Since 2008, Career & College Clubs has empowered more than 50,000 middle school students, including 91% of participants from racial/ethnic minorities, 71% Hispanic, and more than 60% of their parents having no postsecondary education.
Career & College Clubs joins other programs recognized by the Initiative that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics. The recognition is an acknowledgement that efforts to improve readiness in the middle grades — like Career & College Clubs — are valuable for K-12 education and college access.
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, from cradle-to-career.
Quentin Wilson, president and CEO of ALL Management Corporation (the nonprofit that developed Career & College Clubs), said, “We are incredibly honored to be recognized. There is still much work to be done to ensure every middle grade student is prepared for success in high school, college, and life. For today, however, on behalf of our staff, school partners, and the thousands of students we serve, thank you.”
The announcement was made by Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the Initiative on September 15, 2015 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary in Washington, D.C.
“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Ceja.
More information on Bright Spots and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics can be found here.