LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC)

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Orgullosa & Young Readers

Orgullosa Image on FBAccording to a study conducted by Donald J. Hernandez Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, one in six children (roughly 16%) who are not reading proficiently in the third grade do not graduate from high school on time, a rate four times greater than that for proficient readers.  In addition the study shows that about one in four (25%) Hispanic students who are not reading proficiently in third grade will not graduate from high school.  In comparison to one in eight (13%) white students not reading proficiently by the third grade.

LNESC and Proctor & Gamble have been partnered together 10+ years with the same goal in mind, supporting the community and committing to improving the life of children and their families through education.

Recently, Orgullosa, a Procter & Gamble sponsored organization, launched a movement that encourages Latina women to connect, interact, learn and share their challenges and experiences while celebrating the diverse collective beauty of Latina women.  Orgullosa has partnered with LNESC’s Young Readers program to highlight the importance of reading and Orgullosa’s support of the program.  For every Orgullosa like on Facebook, LNESC receives $1 for up to $10,000 for the Young Readers program.    Here are just a few testimonials from P&G’s Orgullosa initiative to celebrate “las maestras con la falda bien puesta”:

“LNESC is a wonderful organization that helps and promotes reading to our students. We have noticed that our kindergarten and first grade students are more motivated with reading since we had the program at our school. ”
—Marilyn Baluja, Educator, Miami, FL

“LNESC has provided our at risk students with new learning opportunities, enrichment, and character building opportunities.”
Naomie Montemayor, Educator, Lytle, TX

“The changes we are seeing in our students are remarkable; they are more confident and motivated to learn.  Parents and students are grateful for this new opportunity provided by the Young Readers program.”
 Jacqueline Oliveira, Educator, Apopka, FL

“The program made a big impact in improving student reading skills. For some students it actually made a difference in being able to move to the next grade level for the new school year. The students made significant growth in basic phonics skills, reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Teachers and parents from other schools learned about the Young Readers Program and expressed the desire and need to have the program for their students too.”
 Laura Muñoz-Velazquez, Educator; Hollister, CA

To hear more stories of how Latina educators are impacting our communities visit Orgullosa’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/orgullosa.