We are helping children of immigrants improve academic performance, have food, clothes, structured activities and brighter futures than their parents, whose average education level is 6th grade.
Children of farm workers and immigrants have less academic success, especially Hispanic children, who represent 98% of the people we serve. The average income for a family of 4 at Bienestar is less than $40,000, and most parents are monolingual in Spanish with an average education level of 6th grade. Without interventions, these children are doomed to a life of poverty. We provide homes and services for approximately 1800 children.
Through pre and post testing, we have demonstrated that our programs for children improve academic performance. Fewer children are joining gangs and dropping out of school.
If we are able to successfully intervene in the lives of these second generation immigrant children so that they stay in school, go on to post-secondary education, get good jobs, become Hispanic leaders, we are helping the entire community. 1800 kid