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Our second annual Raising the Bar for Oregon luncheon was an overwhelming success.

Retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Honorable Paul De Muniz, and Nancy Golden, Chief Education Officer inspired everyone with a call to action to help us reach our goals for education for our Latino children.

The tulips from Olson’s florist were beautiful. Everyone raved about Baja Fresh’s delicious chicken salad. Thank you everyone who came and supported our mission.

Special thanks to:
Salem Alliance Church, for the beautiful venue in Cedar Hall
Alfredo Prieto, owner of Baja Fresh
A to Z Party Rental
Olson’s Florists
And to our wonderful volunteers, students from Willamette University who served our guests at the luncheon.

 

 

2014 Regional Mock Trial Competition, Albany OR

Here’s a couple of videos about our recent Regional Mock Trail Completion in Albany, OR. The competition was held at the Linn Courthouse on March 1st, 2014.

Salem Team Participants:

  • Benjamin Martinez
  • Moises Mendoza
  • Gina Benavides
  • Stephanie Azcue
  • Jorge Garcia
  • Erick Mendoza
  • Sam Mcgee
  • Katie Hill
  • Blanca Arredondo
  • Lorena Ambrocio

Keizer Team Participants:

  • Dakota Easbey
  • Rosario Vargas
  • Martina Hernandez
  • Michele Fahlman
  • Valeria Jacome
  • Adriana Escorcia
  • Diana Jacome
  • Kevin Morales

La Educación Universitaria Empieza en Casa

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“College Begins at Home” – Regional Parent Conference on October 5th
8:00am-3:00pm at Chemeketa Community College

Spanish-speaking parents, especially those whose children are struggling academically, need extra support to become meaningfully involved in the educational process. To make it all happen, we all need to hold each other accountable: students, parents, teachers and community. This free conference will offer skills and support for Oregon parents who want to help their children become college-ready.

Workshops will include:

  • Communicating with schools
  • How to track your child’s progress
  • Understanding the challenges facing Latino children at school

Separate sessions will focus on parents of children in different school settings: Pre-K to 3rd grade, 4th through 7th grade, and 8th through high school. Meals will be provided to registered participants.

To register:
Maria Mendoza at 503-910-7015
Javier Quiroz at 503-930-9162
Visitar nuestra oficina 3050 Portland Rd NE Salem OR 97301

 

 

“College Begins at Home” – Regional Parent Conference on October 5th

Regional Latino Parent Conference logoWe’re proud to be hosting the first ever regional conference for parents of  Spanish-speaking English Language Learners in partnership with Chemeketa Community College on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The conference is for ELL parents in Marion, Polk and Yamhill County Schools. This event is FREE. 

Spanish-speaking parents, especially those whose children are struggling academically, need extra support to become meaningfully involved in the educational process. To make it all happen, we all need to hold each other accountable: students, parents, teachers and community. This free conference will offer skills and support for Oregon parents who want to help their children become college-ready.

Workshops will include:

  • Communicating with schools
  • How to track your child’s progress
  • Understanding the challenges facing Latino children at school

Separate sessions will focus on parents of children in different school settings: Pre-K to 3rd grade, 4th through 7th grade, and 8th through high school. Meals will be provided to registered participants.

Why “College Begins at Home” for this conference?

Governor Kitzhaber’s 40-40-20 vision plan states that by 2025, 40% of Oregonians will have a Bachelor’s degree and 40% will have an Associate’s degree – and that all Oregon students will graduate from high school.

We’re aligning our parent involvement programs with the new Oregon English Learners Strategic Plan designed by David Bautista, ODE’s Title III Director, and a group of talented educators. The plan has been adopted by Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB).

With this conference, we’re launching a three-year initiative to close the academic and opportunity gaps facing students from Spanish-speaking families and ensure these families are included in the Governor’s 40-40-20 vision. We are working to help build a better Oregon for ALL.

Sponsorships Available

Do you want to support Spanish-speaking families with school aged children? Or let them know what your organization or business has to offer?

Become a conference sponsor — check out the sponsors packet here or get in touch with Annalivia Palazzo by September 15, 2013 at annalivia.palazzo@gmail.com.

Conference Co-Sponsor

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Family Fun Night at Northgate Park

Enjoy a free BBQ and play as a family with fabulous free activities! Every Friday starting July 12th to August 30th, from 5:00-8:00pm families will gather at Northgate Park to spend an evening with their children and community. Families can play games and create activities with their children, such as Loteria (a Mexican game similar to bingo), face painting, musical chairs, arts and crafts. Each week, families also can enjoy a soccer game between two local youth teams.

COST: FREE
WHERE: Northgate Park 3575 Fairhaven Ave NE  Salem, OR 97301
TIME: 5:00-8:00PM

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“Raising the Bar” Gala Inspired with Youth Testimony

On April 24th, over a hundred people gathered for the Salem/Keizer Coalition for Equality’s (SKCE) Raising the Bar Gala. The gala, a fundraiser aimed to sustain SKCE’s  youth leadership development programs (Lego Robotics, Video Production, and Mock Trial) and our outcome-based family literacy program Leyendo Avanzamos (Reading Together We Advance), included music and testimonies from participants in each program.

“I want to share a story about when I found my voice,” said Moises Mendoza, a member of the Mock Trial Team, describing how the program empowered him. “I used to be afraid of the police, the courts, judges, and the law. Through Mock Trial, I realize I have a voice, and I can use the law to help others.” Moises was one of the four program participants who testified at the event.

Ultimately, the Raising the Bar Gala raised the bar on future fundraising by SKCE: it brought in the $10,000 SKCE needed to receive a 2-for-1 matching grant from the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) of $37,000.

“The food was incredible,” said Jaime Arredondo, referring to the chicken fajitas and fresh fruit dessert served at the event by a team of volunteers, “and each participant shared a powerful story that moved us. I can’t wait to hear what direction these programs move through our support. I’m coming back next year!”

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