One of my passions is education, and I am particularly concerned about the educational opportunities available to under-resourced communities. That is why I am a proud founding board member of Circle de Luz, a non-profit that radically empowers young Latinas by supporting their transformation through extensive mentoring, holistic programming, and scholarship funds for further education.
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 girls reach 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 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. Our newest class of hijas needs at least 60 mijas to make this experience possible for 5 girls. We have just over 20 mijas for this new class so far. Can you help us make this amazing opportunity for the Class of 2019?
Mijas can have any background and can live anywhere. Will you consider joining this powerful group of women making a difference? If you are interested, please completed this Letter of Commitment and send it in.
A fun bonus? Turn in your form by the end of the day on June 10th and be entered to win a frock from Karina Dresses!
Want to check out Circle de Luz in the news?
Circle de Luz helps Latina girls climb to success (from the Charlotte Observer)
Organization makes college dreams for young Latinas a reality (from NBC Latino)
Why Mijas Matter (created by Dr. Kim Smith)