Burien Non-Profit Para Los Niños Needs Your Vote To Help Them Win Grant


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Burien non-profit Para Los Niños has been selected as a 2011 Grant Award Finalist by the Latino Community Fund, and they’re asking our Readers to help them by voting for them.

Only one vote is allowed per e-mail account, and you’ll automatically be added to a newsletter. However, you can opt out by choosing “unsubscribe” in the first newsletter you receive.

The link to vote is included in the note below:

Dear Friend of Para Los Niños,

We are happy to announce that Para Los Niños has been selected as a 2011 Grant Award Finalist by the Latino Community Fund!

As a finalist, Para Los Niños needs your vote to be selected as a 2011 Grant Award winner. Please consider taking the time to login and vote for Para Los Niños through the LCF website with the following link:

http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5832/signup_page/grant2011

We thank you for your continued support of Para Los Niños and its programs here in our community!

If you’re not familiar with this organization, here’s some info from their website:

Para Los Niños is a grassroots community organization founded by members of the community it serves—the growing immigrant, Spanish-speaking population in South King County.

In 2003, a group of Latino parents gathered to talk about education. As a result of this meeting, Para Los Niños was born with the following priorities: to support the education of Latino children, with a focus on early childhood development; to maintain and promote their culture and language; and to teach English as a second language in order to develop leadership and civic engagement for parents in the community.

To support these priorities, the founding group of parents knew they needed to address the particular barriers they faced as immigrants. The barriers are many. They include economic challenges, language and cultural barriers, and discrimination.

In addition, school systems function differently in our parents’ home countries than in the United States. Therefore, a lack of information and understanding of how the educational system works in the United States presents an additional challenge as well as creates isolation from the broader community. In response to these particular challenges, Para Los Niños was organized.

With input from the community, it developed programs that met the needs of the community. These programs range from providing school readiness and ESL education to helping parents develop the skills and motivation for community involvement. In all its work, Para los Niños and its programs represent the desire of a community change that can support all immigrant families in their complex journey through the educational system in the United States.

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