Fifty-one percent of Latina girls get pregnant before the age of twenty.
Forty-four percent did not graduate from high school.
Only thirteen percent of Latino students had a college degree.
And the good news…
Girls with long-term plans or educational aspirations have more hope for the future, are less likely to get pregnant, and become more engaged in school and related activities—all factors making it more likely that they will graduate from high school and make it to college.
Research has shown that a relationship with a caring adult helps students stay in school and graduate.
We want to invite you to be part of that good news.
Circle de Luz is a non-profit focused on radically empowering young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming, and scholarship funds to help further their education. You can help them by becoming a mija (a Spanish term of endearment for girlfriend), one of hundreds of women across the country participating in the Circle de Luz giving circle, making a dramatic difference in the lives of some wonderful young women.
In September, we will select the Circle de Luz Class of 2019 from the seventh graders at James Martin Middle School in Charlotte, North Carolina. From now until the girlsreach high school graduation, we will support them with mentoring and programming to empower them to achieve their goals of graduating from high school and pursuing further education. When they graduate from high school, we will support them with a minimum $5,000 scholarship provided to them by our mijas.
Mijas are women from all over the country who believe in the power of education, who want to make a difference, and change the count. Mijas make a commitment to donate a minimum of $100 for each of the six years that their class of girls is in the program. That money is used to award a scholarship to every Circle de Luz hija (what we call the young women in our program) upon high school graduation and enrollment in a further educational opportunity. We believe in making philanthropy accessible and the $100 amount is roughly the amount of one lunch out per month.
We need at least 60 mijas to provide this life changing opportunity to at least 6 new hijas.Mijas can have any background and can live anywhere. Will you consider joining this powerful group of women making a difference?
You do not need to make your donation for the 2013-2014 school year at this time. To join the circle, please complete the Letter of Commitment. There is no financial commitment due now– our mijas pay 1/2 their commitment each September and the other half each March. You are welcome to mail or scan and email the Letter of Commitment by following the directions on the form.
As a bonus, any new mija that signs up before June 10 will be entered into a drawing to win the dress of their choice from Brooklyn-based designers Karina Dresses!