- The University of Texas at Austin
Education is highly correlated with socioeconomic status and is the key to upward social mobility. In the Central Texas area, young Latinas are struggling to graduate from high school. In a local Austin school district, only 67% of Latinas graduated from high school compared to 90% Anglo and Asian females. Rates of college graduation are even graver for Central Texas Latinas, where only 1-in-10 low-income student graduates from college.
Con Mi MADRE is a 501c3 organization located at The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work that has the mission to empower young Latinas and their mothers through education and support services that increase preparedness, participation, and success in post-secondary education. Starting in the 6th grade, Con Mi MADRE programming is designed to 1) keep young Latinas in school and ensure that they are taking rigorous coursework, 2) support their ability to develop healthy self-esteem, avoid risky behavior, and establish healthy relationships with adults and peers, 3) guide them through the post-secondary education application, enrollment, and matriculation process, and 4) assist throughout their post-secondary career to ensure that they obtain a post-secondary degree.
To measure students’ success, data on academic progress, socio-emotional status, relationship quality, and program satisfaction is collected at the beginning and end of each year via written and online surveys. Each six-week grading period, staff and interns obtain report cards from the students’ schools, as well as school attendance and the types of classes for which students enroll. At every Con Mi Madre event, attendance is recorded by staff and interns.