Education is the key to building a better life. A strong foundation of learning can unlock doors to financial and personal success for Latinos. Education is the critical centerpiece to the future of the Hispanic community. With Latinos now making up nearly a quarter of the 18-and-under population in the country and projected to grow, the importance of promoting and expanding post-secondary opportunities for them has become a critical need.
Hispanic Access Foundation took a major role in New Futuro’s College Prep Fair, which visited Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and New York in 2012. HAF provided workshops for parents and students on how to prepare for and finance higher education, including the use of financial aid, tax-free savings accounts and scholarships.
Additionally, President Maite Arce served as a panelist on the College Prep Fair’s Telemundo and Univision televised discussion. In the exhibit hall, HAF provided laptop giveaways to those students who show their desire to go to college through HAF’s Facebook page.
Making a Difference
While Latinos aged 18 and under currently make up 23 percent of the country’s population, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that total to rise to 36 percent by 2020. As of 2010, only 13 percent of Hispanics held at least a bachelor’s degree, while 6.2 percent of full-time college students were Hispanic.
The numbers tell us that more needs to be done to help Latinos gain access to higher-education opportunities. Latinos want to go to college and parents place an extremely high value on education, but often times they lack the knowledge, resources or support to make it happen.
We need to make sure Hispanics understand how to navigate the university system. They need the tools to tear down the roadblocks and continue on the college-degree path. If we don’t take action now, a vast segment of our country’s population will lack the education necessary to strengthen us as a whole.