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ACT Prep Class

Our students and sponsors understand the importance of preparing for the ACT, the standardized test many universities ask for from students in their applications. Since for many of our Future Leaders Academy scholars English is their second language, they feel compelled  to put forth more effort than the average student to make sure they obtain scores that  are competitive.

The first weekend in February, Ms. Anita Marcus, member of the Athena Giving Circles, gave her time to prepare our students for the ACT. During the weekend, our scholars received eight hours  of intensive preparation. On February 11th, the students took their ACT test and have markedly improved their scores. Thank you, Ms. Marcus, for your instrumental aid in getting our scholars to a new level.

Lakewood Ranch High Prepares to Host College Tour

In preparation for this year’s College Tour for our Future Leaders scholars, Lakewood Ranch High School and UnidosNow are starting to work together. Last month, the organization visited the premises to give students information about our education programs and FAFSA for seniors.

FAFSA Workshop at Southeast High

Southeast High School hosted financial aid workshops* for their senior students. UnidosNow, together with  volunteers from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, State College of Florida, and Keiser University, assisted students in filling out the their FAFSA, which will help  them receive resources to attend post-secondary school and college. Our Future Leaders Academy scholars were at the sign in table welcoming the families.



*Manatee Community Foundation​ and United Way of Manatee County​ support the initiatives in Manatee County through the Manatee Matches Giving Circle.

McIntosh Middle Program – An Update

Education Initiative Manager, Wendy Barroso, and Executive Director, Luz Corcuera, met with parents at McIntosh Middle School to promote a program, supported by the United Way Suncoast, with middle to top performers in 7th and 8th grade, providing them with the tools they need to think about going to college as they transition to high school.

Several parents enrolled in the program, after hearing the successful stories of current Future Leaders Academy scholars and parents, such as Anthony, who said, “Their help navigating through an unknown system and helping me successfully get into the college of my choice has been invaluable”.


Sarasota County, Highest FAFSA Completion Rate

 

We have two significant FAFSA-related accomplishments to celebrate, thanks to the extraordinary work of our Manatee and Sarasota LCANs* and FAFSA labs that have been hosted at high schools in both counties. Sarasota County is now leading the Florida FAFSA Challenge, with the highest application completion rate: 1,204 out of 3,029 12th graders. Also, Manatee County is now ranked in the Top 10 Most Improved School Districts, achieving a 5.7% increase from last year’s FAFSA completion rate.

Another reason to celebrate is the fact that Pine View School (Osprey) holds third place for the highest FAFSA completion rate among all high schools in the state (210 12th graders out of 283). In addition, Riverview High School is ranking first in the “Biggest Boost” category, which means that it has obtained the largest week-to-week change in percentage of students completing FAFSA.

In general, both Sarasota and Manatee counties are seeing the numbers increase. All throughout April, LCAN will be hosting FAFSA labs to continue helping students and families get the resources they need to #DreamBig and #ReachHigh.

*LCAN partners in Sarasota comprise: United Way SuncoastGreater Sarasota Chamber of CommerceGulf Coast Community FoundationCareerEdge, and the Sarasota Education Foundation. LCAN partners in Manatee comprise: Manatee Community FoundationUnited Way of ManateeThe School District of Manateethe Manatee Chamber of CommerceUSF Sarasota-ManateeManatee Technical CollegeTake Stock in Children of Manatee County, and CareerEdge.

Solo el 40% de los niños latinos van a pre-escolar

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El Departamento de Educación dio a conocer un nuevo informe con las necesidades insatisfechas de los programas de educación temprana de alta calidad en los Estados Unidos.

En todo el país, el 59 por ciento de los niños de 4 años -o seis de cada 10 niños- no están inscritos en programas preescolares financiados con fondos públicos a través del programa preescolar estatal, Head Start, y los servicios de educación especial preescolar. Menos niños aún están inscritos en los programas de la más alta calidad.

Para los niños latinos, la necesidad insatisfecha es especialmente grande. Mientras que los latinos son el grupo de más rápido crecimiento y la mayor minoría de los Estados Unidos, lo que representa una cuarta parte de niños de entre 3 y 4 años de edad, los latinos tienen las tasas de participación en edad preescolar más bajas de cualquier grupo étnico o raza. La tasa de participación de los latinos es del 40 por ciento, comparado con el 50 por ciento de los niños afroamericanos y el 53 por ciento de los niños blancos. Además, los niños de familias de bajos ingresos tienen menos probabilidades de estar matriculados en preescolar que sus pares más ricos -el 41 por ciento frente al 61 por ciento-.

Leer más en el informe, Una cuestión de equidad: Preescolar en América.

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