The National Center for Family Literacy recently announced that the Long Beach Unified School District’s Family Literacy Program is one of 10 programs nationwide to receive a $25,000 grant to encourage Latino and other families to earn college degrees.
Funded by the MetLife Foundation, the grant supports outreach to families about going to college, including the use of a comprehensive set of interactive, bilingual resources available online.
In partnership with local community-based organizations including Head Start, the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Board, and multiple college partners, Long Beach Family Literacy will assist 60 low-income families.
“With this generous funding, we can strengthen our ability to help families and Latino youth prepare for college and help shift the mind-set from ‘college is too expensive’ to the belief that Latino youth can successfully pursue postsecondary education,” said Roberta Lanterman, Family Literacy director.
Long Beach Family Literacy will incorporate the En Camino: Herramientas educativas para familias/On Our Way: Educational Toolkit for Families into all program services. This interactive toolkit, which provides educational and life-skill activities for families, is available for free at www.famlit.org/myfamilygoestocollege.
“We need to ensure that more adults are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and that parents are well prepared to inform and nurture the educational aspirations of their children,” said Sharon Darling, president & founder of NCFL. “Efforts serving two generations are best positioned to assist our nation with the ambitious goals of career readiness and college attainment.”
Long Beach Family Literacy is headquartered at the Long Beach School for Adults and operates on three elementary school campuses in Long Beach. For more information, call 595-8893, ext. 203.