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.
To achieve our vision, we work with families through each phase of their children’s development, offering programs for children and youth that cultivate academic skills, positive identity, and a commitment to social justice and community leadership. Families are the key to our success, and so we take a two-generation approach: as we support children and youth, we also collaborate with parents to build their own skills as learners and leaders. Across this continuum of opportunities, to maintain family stability, we connect parents with critical resources, such as immigration legal services and mental health support.
WHY IT MATTERS
Early education matters for lifelong outcomes. 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 – and, in 2017, 79% of Latino students scored “below proficient” on a national reading test in fourth grade. Poverty and living in poor neighborhoods appear to compound this risk. One-third of children who are poor, live in poor neighborhoods, and are not reading proficiently by third grade do not graduate from high school on time. This is why Masa focuses its direct service on academic support early in children’s development: we want to ensure children are on-track for graduation and beyond as early as possible.
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.
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