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The Junior League of Austin
Hispanic
Mother-Daughter Program

 

 

 

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About Our Program

Program Goals

  • Support aspirations of both daughters and mothers towards higher education and career opportunities through training and resources.
  • Increase daughters' educational  success by improving academic skills and enhancing self-esteem.
  • Educate daughters and mothers about college test preparation, applications, admissions requirements, and scholarship information.
  • Acquaint daughters and mothers with successful role models who will serve as mentors, providing guidance and resources. 
  • Encourage mothers to complete their own educational goals.  

 

Founding of the Program/Our History

In 1990, The Junior League of Austin reviewed data relating to the membership's priority of critical community concerns. Ranking at the top of their list was education. Hence, the Junior League formed a research team and evaluated the Austin Independent School District. The evaluation process included a thorough investigation of the current status of the city's public education system, the year-end education reports for the city and state, and the reports on the rise in Travis County's teen pregnancy rate, which were found to be the highest in the state. The researchers also interviewed administrators, teachers, parents, and school board members. Based on the evaluation results, it was underscored that the greatest area of unmet need in the educational system was a social service programming targeting Hispanic females.

JL-HMDP participants are girls in the sixth through twelfth grades at targeted schools who demonstrate academic promise based on their grades, behavior and attendance. Throughout the duration of the program, the girls are partner participants with their mothers. Many of the program participants will be the first in their families to attend college.

The Junior League of Austin (JL-A) has a long-standing commitment to supporting educational programs in our community. It also supports young girls in making positive choices in their life allowing them a chance to aspire to great ambitions in life. 

 

    

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This website was created by students in the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program with the help of the Austin Public Library Wired for Youth Center at the Terrazas Branch.
Copyright 2002 Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program
Last modified: December 15, 2003