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2Gen Partnership Empowers English Language Learners

Thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s 2Gen initiative, UnidosNow and the Salvation Army have been able to implement an innovative English language instruction program for the Salvation Army’s Impact Families participants. Two ESOL-certified teachers lead this project. The adult English Language Learners, who attended the summer program, demonstrated an average of 60% gains in post-test results.

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Local Government Presents Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamations

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UnidosNow is proud to have received proclamation presentations in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month from our local government offices. Nationally, this observance takes place from September 15 to October 15. This year’s theme, Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future, offers a special opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate our heritage and culture!

The Manatee County Commission proclaimed Hispanic Heritage Month for the county at its September 13th meeting and the Manatee County School Board did the same at its September 27th meeting. The Sarasota County Commission will issue its proclamation in October.

Many thanks to our elected officials for celebrating our community’s contributions to the local economy, business, arts, culture, cuisine and more!

Future Leaders Academy Scholars Speak to School Board of Manatee County

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Several of UnidosNow’s summer program participants had a special opportunity to share their experiences and excitement about the Future Leaders Academy with the Manatee County School Board and administration at their September 13th meeting.

These talented, enthusiastic young people also announced their plans to lead the development of UnidosNow clubs at their respective high schools during the 2016-17 academic year, so that the powerful college prep information and tools they gained during the summer can be shared with other students during the school year.

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Celebrating our 2016 Giving Challenge Successes

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What a thrilling Giving Challenge campaign we held in September! Thanks to the generous support of our friends, family, and the community, UnidosNow raised a total of $36,440, from 166 on- and off-line donations, that will help expand our college prep and access services for talented, hardworking, first generation, low income students who want to pursue higher education.

We started out the month on an a exciting note, having been one of 20 participating nonprofits selected to receive a $200 grant for the Best 2015 Giving Challenge Story. Then, UnidosNow collaborated with several new partners for this year’s Challenge, which made it that much more energizing! Our young professional committee volunteers led the charge for us to compete in the Millennial Challenge. Juan Arcila, Kelly Rodenas, and Carolina Saavedra organized outreach to young philanthropists, including a community event at the restaurant, Mi Pueblo, which graciously hosted us and donated 10% of proceeds to support our Giving Challenge campaign. As part of our goals for the Millennial Challenge, we will recruit young, new mentors to help conduct FAFSA workshops this year.

During this year’s Challenge, UnidosNow also partnered with the Ringling, which hosted a special tour of their GraphicStudio exhibit, Collaborating Across Borders, featuring Latin American artists, in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. The UnidosNow familia, including staff, board, volunteers, and students, enjoyed the event.

Osciel and Omar Urbina, two of our dynamic Future Leaders scholars, who are part of Manatee High’s jazz band, took their group to the Giving Challenge Donor Lounge and delighted the audience with their music. You can find it in our Facebook page.

We are also extremely proud of the Giving Challenge 2016 video that our Future Leaders Academy students created! If you didn’t have a chance to view it during the Challenge, we know you will enjoy watching the short video, here.

The UnidosNow DREAM team is so deeply grateful to each of our donors who made our 2016 Giving Challenge campaign such a tremendous success! Thank you! ¡Mil Gracias!

Bayshore High School UnidosNow Club

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This week, officers from the UnidosNow Club at Bayshore High School left Mrs. Platt classroom with enthusiasm and ready to bring new members to their club.

The club is a going to meet on Wednesdays from 2:15 – 3:00 in room 150. This club will promote college preparatory guidance for those that want to achieve a higher education.

Freshmen and Sophomores are encouraged to participate, where they will also go on college tours.

UnidosNow Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month & Giving Challenge at Mi Pueblo

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Join UnidosNow tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20th, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month & #GivingChallenge16 at Mi Pueblo El Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina! Mi Pueblo will donate 10% of the proceeds of your meal to support UnidosNow Education programming. Simply print the card above and take it with you when you visit any of the three locations of Mi Pueblo tomorrow!

The UnidosNow team will be at the Tuttle location (8405 Tuttle Ave, Sarasota, FL 34243) at 6 pm, if you want to join the group festivities, but you can help support UnidosNow by having lunch or dinner at any of their locations tomorrow.

Supporting UnidosNow means supporting first generation and low-income college students. When we started the #FutureLeadersAcademy, we knew there was a big need to guide our students and families through the #college process. Listening to their testimonials about their experience in the academy makes us realize the enormous #impact we are having in their lives. You can #BeTheOne to #InspireAStudent. Donate to UnidosNow during the#GivingChallenge16 next Sept. 20-21, noon to noon, and help our students #DREAMBig. #GivingChallenge16Video

You Can Be The One to Students Like Tea

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Congratulations to Tea Binder who was recently named a National Merit Scholar semi-finalist, which places her in the top 1% of all students in the country taking the 2015 PSAT.

Tea has participated in our Future Leaders Academy for the past two years and aspires to attend a top national university and eventually become a surgeon.

As a semi-finalist, Tea qualifies to compete for National Merit Scholarships to be awarded next spring. Good luck, Tea, we are all cheering for you!

Jo-Ann Hillman, Volunteer of the Month

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As a new volunteer to the Future Leaders Academy this summer, Jo-Ann, a retired teacher, helped us achieve a new goal for the program; she developed and implemented a two-week ACT lab to help students bring up their ACT scores.

Not only did she create this new component for our curriculum, Ms. H. – as the students call Jo-Ann – also raised the money for the materials, reaching out to the William Stark Jones Foundation and the Moose Lodge, which generously supported the lab.

Jo-Ann’s passion for helping talented students succeed in their pursuit of getting into selective colleges is inspiring! She brought her positive energy and creativity to the FLA and did wonders to boost the confidence of our scholars, who loved her teaching style.

We cannot thank her – and the organizations that supported her important work – enough; we are truly grateful!

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Recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

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September 15 to October 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a special opportunity to recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and to celebrate our heritage and culture!

Latinos have had a profound and positive influence on our country through a strong commitment to family, faith, hard work and service. We have enhanced and shaped the national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of our community.

This year’s theme is Honoring our Heritage, Building our Future. At UnidosNow we live and breathe this mantra through our multigenerational approach to programs. We are privileged to serve talented, passionate young people – who, indeed, will be our future leaders – and to work with their parents, grandparents and siblings, as well, who bring their cultural wisdom and insight to cultivating these young leaders and to building a stronger community, overall!

UnidosNow is Engaging New Partners for the #GivingChallenge16

We are thrilled to have new partners participating in our Challenge campaign this year! Thanks to our young professional volunteer committee, we are competing in the Millennial Challenge.

Our dynamic Millennial team – Juan Arcila, with USF Sarasota-Manatee, and local attorneys Kelly Rodenas and Carolina Saavedra – are developing creative and techy ways to engage young people and encourage them to be part of this philanthropic opportunity. Here is the video they created to launch UnidosNow’s Millennial Challenge:

 


Stay tuned for details on the upcoming Millennial Challenge happy hour community event!

UnidosNow is also partnering with The Ringling to compete in the Giving Challenge’s Best Nonprofit Partnership contest. Both institutions value education and prioritize education programming and services as a primary part of their respective missions.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are collaborating to elevate the visibility of the contributions of Latinos and Latino Americans to the arts and culture of the U.S. The Ringling will host two events focused on their exhibit, Collaborating Across Borders, which features Latin American artists, to which UnidosNow will bring our familia – students, parents, mentors and supporters – to celebrate.

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