The AT&T Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, D.C., to help implement a program of academic classes, mentoring, and leadership development for at-risk Latino teens in grades 8-10.
Part of the foundation's $100 million AT&T Aspire initiative, the grant will provide support for LULAC's Adelante America program, which works to increase rates of on-time promotion to the next grade, boost academic performance, improve graduation rates, reduce delinquency and gang involvement, and improve interpersonal relationships between students and their peers, teachers, family, and other adults.
The percentage of American adults over the age of twenty-five who have earned at least a bachelor's degree is 27.2 percent. Among Latinos, the figure is only 12.2 percent. "This important educational initiative in our community will help ensure that our nation's rich, high-tech future and digital empowerment are within reach of our Latino youth," said LULAC president Rosa Rosales. "As a longtime leader in broadband and mobile communications, and a long-term, dependable partner of the Hispanic community, AT&T is...keeping the American Dream accessible to Latino students all across the country."