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The 2017-2019 Ford Driving Dreams Grants RFP is Now Open!

2017-2019 Ford Driving Dreams Grants RFP

2017-2019 Ford Driving Dreams Grants RFP

The Ford Driving Dreams Grants program, a collaboration of Ford Motor Company Fund and LULAC Institute, Inc., will award seed grants through this Request for Proposals (RFP) to selected LULAC councils and their partner organizations to address factors outside of high school classrooms that influence Latino graduation rates and education equity across the United States. We invite all LULAC Councils across the country to apply; however, special consideration will be given to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs that target areas including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico and Texas. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. MST, Thursday, March 16, 2017.

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FDD was selected by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education”

The Initiative made a national call for nominations with the goal of highlighting the ongoing efforts that are taking place across the country, at the local, state and federal levels, to support Latino educational attainment and excellence. Ford Driving Dreams is honored to have been selected in the category of K-12-College Access. The Bright Spots catalog features over 230 programs, models, organizations and initiatives that are supporting and investing in the educational attainment of Hispanics, from cradle-to-career. The Initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community.


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 Grants (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

Click here for the paper.

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High school graduation rates have been steadily rising in the last decade, thanks to several educational initiatives and investments promoting on-time graduation in the United States. In 2015, the Department of Education reported a record-breaking high school graduation rate of 83.2% among high school students. Despite significant improvements, Hispanic graduation rates (77%) still trail in comparison to Non-Hispanic Whites (89%), Asians (91%) and African American students (82%) which LULAC and Ford Motor Company Fund are addressing in a partnership.

To date, 60 LULAC Councils in 53 cities across 23 states have developed effective high school drop-out prevention programs in their respective communities. The Ford Driving Dreams Grants program has funded 52 programs, supported the education for more than 1,500 students and served as a convener and facilitator of the growth of LULAC Councils.

To learn more about LULAC’s Ford Driving Dreams Grants programs, click on each cohort 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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