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LULAC FDD Best Practices Paper 2015

Closing the Gap: Identifying effective educational program strategies and best practices for Latino youth

Closing the Gap: Identifying effective educational program strategies and best practices for Latino youth

This report illustrates a strategy used by LULAC and the Ford Motor Company Fund to address the unacceptably high school drop-out rates among Latino students in the United States. Part I of this report describes the Ford Driving Dreams Through Education (FDD) program that local LULAC councils utilized to help Latino students graduate from high school and attend college. For the last five years, LULAC Councils have used this program successfully to overcome barriers hindering the educational success of Latino students. Part II of this report highlights shared themes that stand out across the most successful FDD sites. Using previously submitted FDD qualitative and quantitative data from end-of-year comprehensive site reports, the final sections of this report provide readers with examples of best practices in action from FDD sites

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“Young girls with a high level sense of self-esteem, creates infinite possibilities of making the world a better place. Our students are conducting themselves with a sense of pride and purpose because the want to do better for themselves.”
- Sherwin Ealy, Principal of AMIS LULAC Council 39004, Cincinnati, OH

“This program has helped me find out what I want to be, it’s helped me because they showed me different opportunities.”
- Student from LULAC Council 2848, Anaheim, CA


Almost 40 percent of all Latino students who start ninth grade will not graduate with their peers four years later (source: Education Trust). With the intentions to turn around these troublesome graduation statistics, Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC National responded by establishing the Ford Driving Dreams Through Education; a program aimed to reduce the disparity in the high school dropout rate among Latino youth. For the past four years, Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC National have supported LULAC Councils and the communities they serve to design and implement localized solutions that address a critical need. What makes this program unique is that it gives LULAC Councils the flexibility to design programs/curriculum that take into account their respective education issues, resources, and support systems in their communities. LULAC Councils create top notch programs that help stimulate academic achievement, high school completion, and college enrollment all around the United States.

Check out the LULAC’s Ford Driving Dreams Through Education sites below!

2015 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees
2014 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees
2013 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees
2012 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees
2011 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees
2010 Ford Driving Dreams Through Education Grantees

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