The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT), Latinas in Progress Education Series seeks high school Latina students entering their senior year, who are eager and motivated to pursue higher education.
LIP exposes senior high school Latinas to college life and provides them with the tools needed to succeed in their personal and professional life. The LIP Education Series consists of five learning sessions, city wide volunteer opportunities, and HWNT mentors. The modules teach them:
- to learn more about applying to college and college life
- to improve their writing skills
- to be more assertive
- the importance of civic participation
- health and wellness tips and other important life skills
- college campus safety.
Sessions are taught at local partner colleges or universities and held on Saturdays during the school year. The LIP Education Series mentoring component consists of Latina women who share their stories of adversity, educational achievement and professional success. Each session provides enriching learning experiences and encouragement while providing access to information, financial resources, and access to our partner colleges/universities.
With the support of community partners, LIP is a community-based college access program that educates high school Latinas about applying to college, political involvement, being assertive and adopting healthy life skills. Thanks to the hard work, generous support and dedication of HWNT members, donors and partners, HWNT provides this college prep program as well as scholarship awards to LIP graduates. The program is completely volunteer-driven, which means resources are focused specifically to direct program costs (venue space, workshop supplies, college prep manuals and food for participants) as well as scholarships for young Latinas to attend college.
Why it matters?
While Latina girls ages 12 to 17 are the largest group of minority girls in the country, they have the highest high school drop-out rate and the lowest college graduation rate compared to their Caucasian, African-American and Asian-American counterparts.
*A recent report from MALDEF found 41% of Latinas in the U.S. do not graduate from high school on time with a diploma.
*Hispanic girls are the least likely to earn a college degree reports a study by the American Association of University Women.
*Only 10% of Hispanic women completed four or more years of college according to the National Council of La Raza.
How will the funds be used?
The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) developed an Education and a Scholarship Program to assist Latinas in attaining higher education. HWNT provides Education Programs through the Chapters for Latina high school students. These Latinas will be provided scholarship opportunities and there are no fees associated with this program. Donations will help us cover the costs of the program such as workshop materials, field trip transportation for college campus tours, event costs (venue & food for participants), program recruitment materials, college prep manuals, workshop handouts and college scholarship resources.