Alexandria-based Program Prepares Latino Students for College, Careers
[APRIL 2007] ALEXANDRIA, VA – One of Alexandria’s most successful programs for Latino students is poised for growth based on an agreement announced today by the Boards of Directors of Bienvenidos and The Campagna Center. The Building Better Futures program, which was launched by Bienvenidos in 2003 to help Latino and English as a Second Language (ESL) students prepare for a successful college experience or rewarding career, will come under the full administration of The Campagna Center, effective July 1, 2007. The directors of both organizations voted unanimously this month to support the transition.
“Building Better Futures has achieved more in four years than we could have imagined,” said Margaret Lorber, President of the Bienvenidos Board of Directors. “Our Board believes that The Campagna Center is the right organization to take the Building Better Futures Program and grow it to the next level so that it can continue to serve more students and their families.”
Since 2003, Bienvenidos and The Campagna Center have had a formal agreement whereby The Campagna Center provided administrative and in-kind support for Building Better Futures. Today’s announcement will result in The Campagna Center assuming full responsibility for the program. The Bienvenidos Board of Directors and the Building Better Futures Advisory Board will remain closely involved with the program, focusing on increasing fundraising and scholarship opportunities. Building Better Futures’ Director Krishna Leyva will continue in her current position and become a full time employee of The Campagna Center.
Bienvenidos, a human services organization dedicated to supporting Alexandria’s Latino community, launched the Building Better Futures to address the critical issues relating to academic performance and life outcomes for Latino and other ESL youth. The program provides one-on-one support to improve school performance, enhance leadership skills, raise self-esteem, and increase parent involvement.
Building Better Futures expanded rapidly, growing from a pilot serving 10 students in 2003 to a vibrant after-school program serving more than 60 participants at T.C. Williams High School. In just a few short years, the program achieved unprecedented accomplishments: All 2006 graduates started college in the fall; participants reported zero gang involvement; and no teen pregnancies. In addition, the program achieved 100 percent parent involvement, and there were no school dropouts among the Building Better Futures’ participants.
”The Campagna Center is honored to assume responsibility for the Building Better Futures program and will continue to work closely with the Bienvenidos Board of Directors as we strive to make the program accessible to even more students,” said Lindsay Hutter, chairman of the Board of The Campagna Center. “The Center has a deep history in helping children be successful in school and today we proudly expand this role to help Latino youth prepare for a successful college career and future.”
About Bienvenidos, Inc.
Bienvenidos was established in 1991 to serve and support the Latino community in Alexandria, VA, and has initiated a variety of activities, including adult ESL classes, computer literacy training for high school students, mentoring programs for elementary school students, an income tax assistance program, and a telephone/walk-in resource and referral service in the areas of health, social services, education, and employment.
About The Campagna Center
The Campagna Center is proud to be the leading children’s organization in Alexandria, Virginia, caring for more than 1,500 children daily. Since 1945, The Campagna Center has been a beacon of hope and a catalyst for community involvement. Today it operates seven high-quality programs that support children in Alexandria by providing services that allow them to arrive at school ready to learn and ensure they are academically successful at each grade level. For more information, visit www.campagnacenter.org.