Con Mi MADRE not only strives to help young Latinas to graduate high school, but to graduate prepared for post-secondary education, or what is known as "college ready". In our Post-Secondary Preparedness program girls and their mothers are encouraged and supported to maintain good grades, take AP coursework, have a deeper understanding of post-secondary expectations as well as increase financial literacy, confidence, and their support system.
What good is preparedness if you don't participate? To participate or enroll in post-secondary education, girls have to take college prep exams, complete and submit college applications and financial aid paperwork (e.g., FAFSA). Our Post-Secondary Participation program focuses on helping young Latinas through the process of enrolling in post-secondary education.
The success of post-secondary education is not only measured by the completion of a traditional 4 year degree, but also includes obtaining an associate's degree or a technical/specialized post-secondary degree program. Our Post-Secondary Success program, also known as our GRAD program, helps our participants achieve this goal.
In 1992, a state demographer indicated that a Latina baby girl had less than a 1% chance of getting a college education. This grave statistic and the rapid increase of Latinas/os in Texas, influenced the development of Con Mi MADRE, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that strives to increase the number of young Latinas pursuing and succeeding in post-secondary education.
Con Mi MADRE began in 2008 as a product of the Junior League of Austin's Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program. The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program began in 1992, working with only 6th grade Latinas and their mothers to empower the girls to stay in school, graduate, and go on to pursue post-secondary education. As the program grew, they began to serve young Latinas from 6th-12th grades. Currently, Con Mi MADRE provides education and support services for young Latinas and their mothers from 6th grade through post-secondary completion.
Young Latinas and their mothers enroll into Con Mi MADRE together and are offered an array of services including: mother-daughter conferences, college visits, campus meetings, community service activities, counseling, and mentoring throughout the year. Young Latinas in our program tend to come from low-income households and are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education. Con Mi MADRE opens up a world of possibilities for these girls, exposing them to opportunities they may not otherwise have and that they never thought possible.
Con Mi MADRE begins recruiting students in the spring semester of their 5th grade year. We understand that early exposure to positive thinking will pave the way to a more successful future.
One of the most unique features of Con Mi MADRE is that we make parental involvement with the students a requirement. Not only do students join our program, but parents as well. If a mother is not present in the household, we ask students to join with an adult who will serve as their mentor through this journey.
Con Mi MADRE's programming is culturally relevant. That means, not only are our workshops and conferences presented bilingually, but our topics are created with the Latino Community in mind.
Holistic Approach (Relationships, Academics, Social, and Emotional)
Con Mi MADRE aids families on their journey to higher education through a holistic approach, which includes 4 areas: relationships, academics, social and emotional. We not only aid students to do well on academics, but our programming also focuses on creating stronger Latina women socially and emotionally, by building relationships of trust between the organization, staff, mentors, families, and more importantly their mothers.
Con Mi MADRE is a proud member of the National Council of La Raza. Their groundbreaking program CULTURA, APRENDIZAJE, SERVICIO, ACCIÓN (CASA) is implemented locally through CMM.
The (CASA) service-learning project is geared at middle school students. CASA's goal is to foster academic learning within a context that speaks to students' cultural and linguistic background. Participants acquire the necessary skills to address a genuine need in the Latino community through volunteer activities and other learning experiences.
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