White House Initiative on Educational Excellence Joined Event at School in Astoria
NEW YORK, NY – The Televisa Foundation and Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) launched Televisa Foundation’s 2015 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs and HHF’s national Code as a Second Language (CSL) initiative through an effort in New York that engaged, introduced and taught computer coding to Latinas at a press event at The Young Women’s Leadership School (TYWLS) of Astoria, 23-15 Newtown Ave., Astoria, NY, on Tuesday, March 3, 9:30-11:40 a.m. (greetings, 9:30-10 a.m.; remarks, 10-10:30 a.m.; introductory CSL session with classroom of Latinas, 11:30-11:40 a.m.).
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics joined the kick-off event in support of Televisa Foundation’s commitment to support Latinos in STEM in response to the White House’s Call to Action on STEM as well as HHF’s innovative approach to increasing the number of Latinos and Latinas in STEM fields.
“In order to meet the 21st century workforce demands and ensure America’s global competitiveness, we must provide our women and girls, in particular our Latinas, with access to STEM courses. I applaud this effort to cultivate the next generation of STEM leaders and hope it sparks further collaboration and action to help Hispanic progress and continue to contribute to our nation’s future economic success,” said Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The Initiative’s theme for this year, “Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future,” reflects its work to increase educational access and outcomes of Hispanics in critical areas, including access to STEM courses.
Televisa Foundation is rolling out a series of STEM programs in 2015 including 6 additional after-school and summer programs that consist of workshops with hands-on exploration in STEM fields and experience with real women in STEM careers; STEM conferences throughout the country; bilingual digital platforms for early learners called Learn Math and Coding with El Chavo; and an ongoing strategy to inspire Latino families to support girls in pursuing STEM careers. Visit www.TelevisaFoundation.org for more information on programs and other Televisa Foundation activities.
“The potential of young Latinas is amazing,” said Alicia Lebrija Hirschfeld, President of Televisa Foundation. “At Televisa Foundation we are truly excited with the opportunity to plant a small seed that will surely enhance their skills and broaden their vision for a greater future. Our work is devoted to the Latino community and we are committed to help build the strength of Latino children and families.”
HHF’s CSL initiative will be rolled out in more than 10 U.S. markets including Puerto Rico and implemented in nearly 50 schools. The thought is that in order to thrive in America’s workforce, Latinos need to learn a third language – code. HHF’s instructors, who are members of HHF’s Latinos on Fast Track (LOFT) Network, will work through middle and high school teachers and administrators to introduce and teach Latinos and Latinas computer coding through an eight-session course which includes assessments, certifications, engagement of volunteers from private sector, building relationships not only with students but parents, administrators, and teachers, and follow up through LOFTnetwork.org to connect students to others, mentors, networking, STEM-related events, and later internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies. Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org for more information on CSL and HHF’s other award-winning programs.
“In order to provide America with a value proposition through Latino youth, we need to work backwards from what America needs most,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. “Today and in the future, the need is the STEM fields and especially in technology, yet only one out of 10 schools teaches computer coding. We believe the next great innovator will be a Latino or Latina, perhaps sitting in the classrooms we will be working in through the CSL Initiative. The reason the initiative is called CSL is because we want to help Latinos be trilingual – learning English, Spanish and Code! We are proud of partnering with Televisa and TYWLS of Astoria on this important effort to provide our country with a stronger workforce and more innovative minds going forward and answer The White House’s Call to Action on STEM.”
TYWLS of Astoria, which is hosting the CSL effort in NY this year, is part of New York City’s Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN).
About the Young Women’s Leadership Network
In 1996, Ann and Andrew Tisch partnered with the New York City Board of Education to open TYWLS of East Harlem – the first public all-girls school to open in the U.S. in 30 years. YWLN now has a network of five TYWLS schools in New York City, including TYWLS of Astoria. This network serves more than 2,200 students and offers a single-gender educational environment for predominantly low-income girls who will be the first in their families to attend college. To learn more, visit www.ywln.org.
About the Televisa Foundation
In September 2013, Televisa Foundation became a registered 501(c)-3 supported by Grupo Televisa, the leading media group in the Spanish-speaking world. The Foundation’s mission is to help propel Latino children and youth through innovative educational and cultural programs. Televisa Foundation aims to support the educational development of Latino children and youth in the United States. The main areas of work include early childhood education, dual language learners, family and youth empowerment, and culture and values. To learn more, visit www.televisafoundation.org.
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom. community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF’s award-winning LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 “Tracks,” or fields including Innovation & Technology, Science, Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org).
Alberto Avalos, Alberto@LOFTinstitute.org, (323) 397-9862
Bridgette Gomez, Bridgette@televisafoundation.org, (602) 818-4134