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W. K. Kellogg Foundation Awards $400,000 to Para Los Niños to Bolster Parent Engagement
Sites in Skid Row, Westlake and Temple Beaudry serve as hubs for the Senderos program, which aims to transform parents into community leaders
Founded in 1981, Para Los Niños provides high-quality early childhood programs and charter school education along with integrated social services to approximately 6,000 low-income families at 13 sites in high-risk urban neighborhoods. Thanks to the two-year grant, which will cover the period between now and February 2014, the program will provide an additional 1000 families with classes in financial literacy, parenting and anger management, job skills, legal services referral, food vouchers, rental assistance, leadership training and coordination of community guidance bodies.
President and CEO of Para Los Niños, Martine Singer, believes the Senderos program is crucial to addressing the needs of underserved communities because “parents themselves are the primary agents of change.” In the Senderos program, parents are not passive students, but goal-setters who make important decisions affecting their community’s future. Here’s how it works:
Para Los Niños employs promotoras, community residents and outreach liaisons who recruit parents into the Senderos program and organize Senderos guidance bodies within each neighborhood. These guidance bodies advocate for community-identified needs, such as healthier meals in their schools and safer playgrounds in their neighborhoods.
Para Los Niños’ Evelyn T. Gratts Primary Center will serve Westlake, the downtown Family Learning Complex will serve Skid Row and Loma Family Services Center will serve the Temple-Beaudry area. The Senderos program will enhance parent engagement, empowerment and advocacy that will result in noticeable improvement in the quality of life for thousands of impoverished children and their families.
Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization that has worked for more than 30 years to support academic success and social well-being for children. Through early education centers and charter schools, our comprehensive educational, family support, mental health services, and community engagement opportunities annually benefit 20,000 children and families living in at-risk neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Visit www.paralosninos.org for more information.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. Visit www.wkkf.org for more information.