The insurance company recently awarded the Latino civil rights organization the funds for education initiatives.
State Farm recently awarded UnidosUS with a $750,000 grant to fund four education initiatives: Avanzando Through College, Early Escalera, Padres Comprometidos, and CASA.
The civil rights and advocacy organization is formerly known as the National Council of La Raza.
Beyond the education projects, State Farm’s grant will also be used in support of the UnidosUS Esperanza/Hope Fund. All the supported programs seek to support and boost educational equity for Latino students. They also work to form stronger connections between parents and schools. The advocacy and civil rights group’s educational programs are implemented in alignment with its Affiliate Network, which is a US-wide network of local organizations that serve the Latino community directly.
Avanzando Through College, Early Escalera, and CASA are all initiatives focused on youth and supporting students through college and into career readiness, as well as in leadership development. The Padres Comprometidos initiative is a parent-focused program, encouraging engagement to teach parents skills and boost their confidence in engaging actively with the school community and to advocate for their kids’ academic success.
The UnidosUS Esperanza/Hope Fund was first established in 2020 in the face of the pandemic.
The goal of the fund was to support the community partners in the Affiliate Network so that they could respond to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Latino community across the United States. State Farm’s grant to the organization will help to boost that fund’s capacity for providing that community with money and emergency resources.
“We are thankful that we have the opportunity to support the work of UnidosUS in their educational initiatives and COVID-19 response efforts so critical to the Latino community,” said State Farm senior vice president Annette Martinez. “We strive to provide the support and the help we can for our communities and the people within them. This grant is just one way we are able to show up as a good neighbor and continue to address systemic and racial inequalities.”
“We are grateful to State Farm for their generous support and continued commitment to the Latino community,” added UnidosUS principal of education programs Feliza Ortiz-Licon.