The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE) is always looking for ways to bring more helpful resources to students and families. In September of this year, TFHE has partnered with The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV). HFSV is a non-profit organization that brings Latino children and families resources that range from college readiness workshops, parent involvement programs and leadership development workshops for professionals. The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley has brought these resources in the form of instructional modules and prep courses to the Foundation's students, families and community members.
HFSV has been helping our organization by preparing Seniors from Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) for the SAT. Students have been meeting with CollegeSpring, a partner of HFSV, on a weekly basis from Monday through Thursday to review the core fundamentals of the SAT Exam. CollegeSpring offers the only SAT test curriculum program specifically designed to help low-income and first-generation college-bound students achieve scores that reflect their true abilities. Students received 40 hours of SAT test preparation, took 4 full-length diagnostic SAT exams, and received score reports to identify areas for improvement. CollegeSpring has had great success increasing SAT scores for our students. Additionally, HFSV has helped established a computer workstation for our students families. The goal of having the computer workstation is for families to have easy access to their children's college applications and resources related to STEM. The computer station’s ribbon cutting date is November 30, 2016 and will take place in the Student Success Center of Sobrato Hall.
Most recently, a family from Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) has been recognized from by HFSV for their community involvement. The Cervantez Family of Silicon Valley were Honorees of this Year’s Hispanic Foundation Ball and received the Prestigious La Familia Award for their work in the Immigration Rights organization, SIREN (Service Immigration Rights and Educational Services). Mayela Razo-Cervantez, has been recognized as a champion for her long-term involvement with SIREN. Husband, Martin Cervantez, also volunteers with SIREN under their Leadership Development Team. Together, Mayela and Martin underwent a 12-month training commitment that centered on political training, understanding how a bill becomes a law, public speaking, and media training. Their children, brothers Leonardo and Gerardo, also volunteer alongside their parents as youth leaders. Mayelaand Martin also work with other parents in LVLA’s Poder de los Padres program (Parent Empowerment program) to encourage them to stay active in their children’s education. To read more about the Cervantez’s family community involvement, click here.
Photo: Cervantez Family
The Foundation for Hispanic Education is looking forward to keeping the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley as a long-term partner. “The Hispanic Foundation is very proud to be located in East San Jose, serving our community. We are tremendously blessed to have found a new home for the Family College Success Center at the Foundation for Hispanic Education. From our beautiful new home, we can serve the community in top notch facilities and offer them services to get onto a college-bound path” - Maria O’Hollearn, Program Director, Family College Success Center.