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This is the final post in a three-story series sharing how local Catholic schools used a small communications capacity building grant from the Crimsonbridge Foundation to serve, reach, engage, and enroll Hispanic students and families.
Over the past few years, Elizabeth Seton High School, an all-girls high school located in Prince George’s County, MD, has demonstrated that Latina enrollment and engagement is a priority. In 2015, Elizabeth Seton established a Latina Scholars program, an innovative program that includes mentoring, internship opportunities, leadership development, and scholarship support for a cohort of Hispanic students. In 2018, Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, president of Elizabeth Seton, decided to apply for and use a Bridges for Schools grant to hire a Latina Liaison to bolster the school’s efforts to build an inclusive school community. The results were impressive.
The Latina Liaison worked to increase communications between the school and Spanish-speaking parents by translating electronic newsletters, assisting parents with financial aid applications, and building relationships with parents through one-on-one phone calls and meetings. The Liaison also attended Elizabeth Seton’s Back to School Night to introduce herself to the parents of incoming freshmen. Sister Ellen Marie hoped that parents left Back to School Night feeling supported and confident “because the school had provided a clear avenue for them to be involved in the life of the school and a clear pathway for asking questions and resolving doubts.”
Elizabeth Seton High School plans to maintain this focus on inclusivity within their school and neighboring community. Latino parent ambassadors are encouraged to volunteer to help with both the enrollment and registration processes, and a professional translator will be hired to translate during private meetings between the school administration and Spanish-speaking parents.
“Parents can come to school and participate in scheduled activities,” shared Sister Ellen Marie, “but they can also come to school when they need assistance and know that they can be heard and helped because there is someone designated to serve them.”
In this video celebrating the 25th anniversary of Capital Partners for Education (CPE), hear how mentoring through CPE has helped to unlock the potential inside more than 700 local students. CPE is a community partner in our College Completion Colleagues (C3) Initiative and provides one-to-one mentoring and college and career success programming to students from under-resourced families in the Washington, DC area.
This new case study, told from the funder’s perspective, reflects on the history of the cross-sector partnership of Crimsonbridge, the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and Teach for America D.C. Region. It documents a philanthropist’s path in establishing and maintaining a successful long-term collaboration, offers examples of the unique roles funders can play, and shares insights on actions that donors and foundations can take to ensure partnership success.
Latino Student Fund Recognizes Crimsonbridge Foundation
During its 25th Anniversary Gala the Latino Student Fund (LSF) recognized Crimsonbridge Foundation with the Community Builder Award. Watch the below video to learn more about our partnership.