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2011

Accomplishments

Fostering academic success for every Latino student through parent and community involvement.

Photo by Jeffrey High, Image Productions jeff@imageproductions.net

Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand. Native American Saying


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Whowe are Para Los Niños is a grassroots community organization founded in 2003 by members of the community it serves, the growing immigrant, Spanish-speaking population in South King County. Para los Niños’ mission is to foster academic success for every Latino student through parent and community involvement. Para los Niños serves South King County and the Highline School District, which includes Burien, White Center, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Boulevard Park, North Tukwila, Auburn, Kent and Des Moines. Para los Niños’ programs focus specifically on Latino children enrolled in elementary schools within the Highline School District of South King County, Washington. These children are from low-income, immigrant families who are still transitioning from their home country to the United States.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Many of these families are living at or below the poverty level and do not speak English. According to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Washington State Report Card, 33.8 % of 17,549 children currently enrolled in the Highline School District are Latino/Hispanic. The barriers of Latino children and their immigrant families within the South King County are many. They include unemployment, low-wage jobs, language barriers, cultural barriers and discrimination. In addition, school systems function differently in our parents' home countries than in the United States. A lack of access to information as well as a lack of understanding of how the educational system works in the United States present additional challenges while creating isolation from the broader community. Since its inception in 2003, Para Los Niños has helped more than 4500 children and young adults reach their academic potential. Our programs have served over 1600 youth in the early learning program, 1550 children in the pre-school and kindergarten program and 1400 in the after school tutoring component. 

A message from the Board President

Mauricio Ayón Real Estate Investment Services

President

Julia Beach BOARD OF DIRECTORS Clinic Coordinator, NeighborCare Health

Treasurer

Cyndi Upthegrove Managing Trustee, Highline Historical Society

Secretary

Rolita F. Ezeonu Dean of Instruction, Transfer and Pre-College Education Highline Community College

2011 has been a return to the roots of PLN, of re-defining our community relationships and calling on our supporters to

take the lead in personally contributing to the success of PLN and its programs. We have found new friends in our local community. PLN set a new fundraising record in 2011, receiving more personal dollars from individual donors than ever before. We found new ways to network and participate in local events and meet new supporters.

As 2011 draws to a close, we thank the many of you who have made the personal decision to support Para Los Niños. It is the commitment of individuals and our local community that make it possible for us continue our work ensuring that children and families throughout South King County have access to education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential.

Carla Jackson Deputy Superintendent, Highline Public Schools

Dick Loman

(Retired) Economic Development Manager, City of Burien

Debra George Owner, Mark Restaurant

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Thanks to your support in 2011, Para Los NiĂąos touched the lives of 112 children and their families by providing them with tools to succeed academically in school and in life.

Supplemental Education Services (SES) Tutoring

Aprendamos Juntos

(Let’s Learn Together)

Para Los NiĂąos is a licensed provider of SES tutoring to the Highline School District. A federally funded program, SES identifies low income children with especially poor test scores and provides them with one-on-one tutoring to boost reading and math skills. Students meet with certified tutors for one hour, two times a week in the evening.

A family literacy program that provides Latino families with the tools to engage and promote academic achievement through a collaborative community approach. This program has two parts: 1- ESL classes for parents taught by licensed teachers from Highline Community College. 2- Age-appropriate classes for children 0-14 years of age that are taught by certified bilingual teachers and/or tutors.

We made a difference in the lives of 20 students by accelerating academic skills to grade level in 2011 Our Goal for 2012 is to reach 20 students

In 2011 we were able to reach 64 students and 33 families Our Goal for 2012 is to reach 100 students and 45 families

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Descubriendo Nuestra Cultura (Discovering Our Culture)

A one month summer program for elementary school children. Participants engage in classroom work emphasizing their rich Hispanic culture and take a variety of educational field trips in the Puget Sound area. Free breakfast and lunch are provided to all participants, most of whom are low-income.

We reached 30 kids in 2011 Our Goal for 2012 is to reach 100 students

oal is to reach 220 students our three programs in 2012.


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Aprendamos Juntos: Ready for kindergarten. Ready for life

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Laying the foundation for a lifetime of academic success

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Empowering Families

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Janeth began participating in the Aprendamos Juntos program in 2009, bringing her three children to our evening program while attending in the adult ESL class. With two sons and a daughter, Janeth’s family participates in every aspect of the Aprendamos Juntos programming.

David, the eldest, is part of the School Age classroom. David can bring his homework or work on projects that help to boost his reading and writing skills, which have consistently been at grade-level. Austin, one of our most precocious Preschoolers in 2011, is now a bilingual Kindergartener that loves letters, numbers, singing his ABCs, completing puzzles without help and writing his name on daily assignments with lower-case letters. Lani, a regular face in the Infants program, is a glowing participant in the daily routine with which she has gained great familiarity. One of the most vocal singers (and clappers!) in the group, Lani is accustomed to interacting with her peers, playing and participating in group activities while following the directions of her teachers. Janeth, like her children, has made great strides in her ESL class. Over the course of 2011, she advanced two levels of ESL in her reading and a full level in her listening comprehension. Her consistent participation in Aprendamos Juntos is evident not only in her own progress, but in that of her children. Janeth’s dedication to education has set the course for the academic success of her children at present, but more importantly, has forged a path of success for her family into the future.


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