WHY IS HISPANIC EDUCATION A NATIONAL IMPERATIVE?
Hispanics make up the largest and fastest growing minority group in the United States.
90% of Hispanic children in America are U.S. citizens.
The Hispanic population represents the United States’ largest, and youngest, minority group. One out of four children in the United States is Hispanic. By the year 2050, one out of three children and over 30% of the U.S. population will be of Hispanic heritage and will constitute a significant segment of the country’s workforce. The promise and potential of these children is great, but with two-thirds of the population living in or near poverty, the barriers to academic success, economic security, and prosperity are real. Failure to educate Hispanic Americans will have a profound impact not only on Hispanic families, but on the country as a whole.
Working to help Hispanic families access a quality education is an imperative for the future competitiveness of our nation and a priority of our Education Imperative. To address these needs, our work focuses on three main areas: Support and Access, Financial Aid, and Community Learning.
SUPPORT AND ACCESS
Navigating the landscape of schools and educational opportunities can be a complex and difficult process for parents. This challenge is even greater for families when outreach and information is available only in English. The Crimsonbridge Foundation partners with organizations that work to increase the enrollment of Hispanic students in local independent and parochial schools by making the school search and application process more accessible to low-income, bilingual families. We also work with organizations that provide academic support and other resources so that these students can thrive, graduate, and pursue post-secondary education.
Low-income Hispanic families face many challenges as they strive to obtain economic security, but share a common American dream – to provide their children with the best education possible. For some families, the dream of offering their child a Catholic or private school education is limited not by their child’s ability, but by the cost of tuition, transportation, uniforms, and supplies.
In the landscape of options, a significant area of unmet need is an interest in Catholic education. To support this demand and address the need for financial assistance, the Crimsonbridge Foundation created the Education Imperative Fund.
Comprised of philanthropic dollars and working with partners who share this goal, the Education Imperative Fund increases the availability of scholarships for Latino students to attend private and parochial schools that are making systemic improvements towards Hispanic enrollment.
Though Hispanics make up more than 30% of the Catholic population in the United States, they represent less than 3% of the Catholic school student population. Working with universities, archdioceses, schools, philanthropic partners, and other community members, the Crimsonbridge Foundation supports efforts that create and strengthen opportunities for Hispanic families and Catholic schools to work together to educate the next generation.
Through activities such as participation in the University of Notre Dame’s Latino Enrollment Institute, support for the National Summit on Catholic Schools and Hispanic Families led by The Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, and involvement in the Hispanic Enrollment Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, the Foundation works with community partners to identify opportunities, develop strategies and implement solutions to help more Hispanic students attend and graduate from Catholic schools.
According to figures released by the White House, in 2015 approximately 78% of Hispanic students graduated from high school; a 6.6% jump since 2010. The same academic year saw more than an 8% jump in high school graduation rates for English as a Second Language (ESL) students, the largest increase out of all groups researched. Ensuring that these students graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary education and employment opportunities is not just important for the economic health and future of America, it is an imperative.