Michigan Hispanic Collaborative receives Innovative Program Grant from Michigan College Access Network The grant will support Hispanic youth by providing resources needed to succeed academically, professionally and economically
Dec. 11, 2018 – LANSING, Mich.
The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative (MIHC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan was awarded a Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) Innovative Program Grant. This $10,000 award will be used to support Hispanic youth (ages 16-24) as they navigate from high school to college and careers. The comprehensive program, called “La Próxima Generación” (which translates to “the next generation”), aims to advance students socio-economically.
According to the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative, “Hispanics today comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population and are projected to be 31 percent by 2050. Despite these powerful numbers, the Hispanic community remains undereducated, underemployed and underrepresented. Without focused and strategic intervention, the Hispanic youth, remain at risk. Nationally, only 67 percent of Hispanics finish high school and only 16 percent finish college.” “This grant creates a targeted model that supports cohorts of Hispanic youth through engaged mentoring and networking,” said Brandy Johnson, executive director of the Michigan College Access Network. “This program aligns with MCAN’s focus on college access, readiness and completion for students of color. Regardless of ZIP code or ethnicity, all of Michigan’s students should understand they are college material.”
MIHC will work to bring together partner schools, businesses, industry, nonprofits, community leaders, and elected officials whose important efforts when harnessed can improve Hispanic economic mobility. The MIHC will identify gaps in services, partner to streamline efforts, leverage existing platforms, spot redundant processes and work to design innovative programming that maximizes Hispanic high school student and postsecondary academic and professional success. Innovative Program Grants are designed to fund programming that increases college readiness, enrollment, and completion in local communities and across the state through grants of up to $10,000. Since these grants were introduced in 2016, MCAN has awarded more than $266,000 in 29 different Innovative Program Grants to organizations throughout the state.
Learn more about this press release at the Michigan College Access Network news page.