Dear Friends & Family,
This year, I am running the New York City Marathon for first time to fundraise and support Masa-MexEd; and I need your financial support.
My goal is to raise 3K by Nov. 1, 2019 for this organization that I love so dearly. Masa and I are dedicated to the academic advancement and success of children, and all funds raised with be fully used to ensure more students get the support they need. PLEASE donate and ask others to donate as well.
Follow my running progress on Instagram @msltatum and I’ll send monthly updates to all donors.
Masa is an education non-profit program in the Bronx, where I served as a volunteered tutor for 3 years, working with the most amazing young people 2x per week on completing their daily homework assignments. This organization specifically supports Hispanic families, whose parents aren’t able to assist students with their academic assignments due to language/education barriers, and with the help of volunteer tutors works to ensure each children never falls behind b/c of lack of resources.
READ MORE INFO on MASA below
Please know that by supporting this fundraiser you'll keep me working hard (running for my life) to achieve my personal mission to complete the NYC Marathon before it gets dark.
P.S. Tips and well wishes are welcome, as I‘ve NEVER run the NYC Marathon.
Thx so much for your support. It means so much to me.
Masa partners with Mexican and Latino immigrant children, youth, and families in the South Bronx to develop strong learners and leaders who fully contribute to the broader community. At Masa, we see education as the path to building community power and civic leadership: all of our programs are intended to prepare children, youth, and adults to lead.
Masa’s community-led, integrated model engages the entire family, grounded in a deep commitment to strengthening literacy, leadership, and power for Mexican, Central American, and Indigenous People. Masa fosters a culturally responsive learning community in which families engage with direct service and advocacy programs to dismantle barriers to success.
WHY IT MATTERS
Early education matters for lifelong outcomes.
Masa’s academic programs start with children as young as 18 months. Research shows that early engagement helps keep students on track for graduation and future success. The data is clear: students who do not read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than proficient readers. In 2017, 79% of Latino fourth-graders scored “below proficient” on a national reading test. Poverty compounds this risk. One-third of children who are poor, living in areas of concentrated poverty like the South Bronx, and are not reading proficiently by third grade do not graduate from high school on time.
To change outcomes for children, Masa knows families are the key. We believe that parents have the knowledge, strength, and capacity to be their children’s first teachers – and to advocate for change in their communities. We prioritize connecting parents with tools and resources that connect their children’s learning at Masa to their own practices at home.
Masa empowers communities through education.
With your financial support we can sustain and grow programs to reach more waiting families. With your support of our K-12 Education programs and Community Education Workshops, Masa will be able to accommodate more of the 1,300 people currently waiting to be served and to provide critical information to immigrant communities.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MASA
Visit our web site.
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