White House Recognition
Written by Hollie CongerTo launch the new OSU Open Campus blog series, we would like to bring attention to a recent acknowledgement. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a program designed to address the educational gaps the Hispanic community has encountered – commended Oregon State University’s educational outreach to Hispanic youth. This September, OSU was recognized for its work delivering educational opportunities to Hispanic and Latina/o students. See full release here.
Among the four OSU programs awarded the White House honor, one was Open Campus’s Juntos program. The main goal of Juntos (meaning “together” Spanish) is to unite with community partners in order to empower families with the skills and resources to gain access to higher learning and promote success in the K-12 system. Together with their parents, 8-12th grade students are given information and resources to achieve access to college.
Mentors in fourteen counties across the state facilitate weekly afterschool clubs and activities. Also available, is a six-week workshop family series, as well as follow-up monthly workshops and events. During the summer, the program offers college visits as well as summer camps. The fourteen counties, which include Coos, Corvallis, Cook, Curry, Deschutes, Grant, Hood, Jefferson, Klamath, Portland Metro, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco and Yamhill, each have coordinators dedicated to serving the specific needs of each community. To learn more about our county coordinators, click here.
The Juntos program is rapidly growing as it has recently expanded in new schools in Central and Coastal Oregon with the support of The Ford Family Foundation. Our locations boast of 100% high school graduation rates and 100% post-secondary access, to date. To hear stories about how this program has positively impacted Oregon communities, click here.
To donate, please visit opencampus.oregonstate.edu.