The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), with the ongoing partnership from Facebook, held an open house to celebrate the upgrade of a LULAC technology center at Mission Graduates in San Francisco, California. Mission Graduates is a nonprofit organization focused on college attainment for students K-12.
“With the support of Facebook, LULAC will continue to ensure that the Latino community in San Francisco has access to up to date technology which will allow Latino students to compete at a level playing field,” said LULAC National President Roger C. Rocha Jr.
The effort is part of LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology (EHAT) initiative, which focuses on closing the technology gap in underserved communities. The upgrades to the technology center included new desktop computers, high speed Internet, and office software.
“We’re proud of our partnership with LULAC and thrilled to support its mission to advance technology education for the Hispanic community,” said Susan Gonzales, Facebook Community Engagement Director. “Exposure to technology is critical to the development of our local youth, and through our support of the Mission Community Beacon program, we can encourage students to explore careers in computer science and engineering.”
Without access to the Internet or to computer equipment, students are more likely to fall behind in their school work. The upgraded technology center will help Mission Graduates produce a college-going culture among the Latino population.
“By helping Mission Community Beacon families build skills and confidence with technology, we are able to empower parents and students to better leverage online tools to support academic success and development of 21st Century skills,” said Eric Cuentos, Parent Partner Program Director, Mission Graduates.
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