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Latino Students Receive Assistance Through ALCANCE By Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson

Loma Linda Academy students Marissa Armeta, Marc Anthony Cardenas, and Adam Moreno are participants in the ALCANCE program.

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ccording to Benjamin Franklin, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.� Over the years there have been persistent attempts in the Pacific Union to find ways to help Latino Adventist high school students succeed in their studies and attend Adventist schools. This persistence has paid off in one successful program: ALCANCE. Co-sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference, the Center for Research on Adventist Education (CRAE) at La Sierra University, conferences, individual donors, local churches, and mentors, ALCANCE is making that dream come true for many students. The mission of ALCANCE is 48

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to make it possible for Adventist students in public high schools to attend an Adventist academy and, from there, to go on to an Adventist college or university. Launched with seed monies from the Pacific Union in 2010, ALCANCE seeks to coordinate with pastors and parents in the local church to provide funding and mentoring to their own Latino students attending public high schools. ALCANCE and its partners are building on important research relating to Adventist education. In 1989 the Valuegenesis study found that students who attended Adventist schools from elementary through high school to college were more likely to remain faithful church

members and work within the church organization. In 1984 a study titled AVANCE found that factors such as cost and perceptions relating to the quality of Adventist education contributed to Latinos sending their children to public schools. The study concluded that Adventist schools should intentionally recruit Latino youth and that Latino churches need to reach out to Adventist students in public schools. Finally, the 2006 Cognitive Genesis study addressed one important factor keeping Latinos away from Adventist schools: the quality of Christian education. Assessing the achievement levels of Adventist schools as compared to national norms, researchers found that median composite achievement

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...

Pacific Union Recorder—July 2019  

A Hymn to God the Father Wilt thou forgive that sin where I begun, Which was my sin, though it were done before? Wilt thou forgive that sin...