During a news conference on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Broward County School Board members, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie, officials with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, the Executive Director of the national “Latinos in Action” program, and District staff announced the launch of the “Latinos in Action” pilot program at six high schools. Participating schools include: Charles W. Flanagan High School, Cypress Bay High School, Everglades High School, Hollywood Hills High School, McArthur High School and West Broward High School.
The “Latinos in Action” initiative is part of the District’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of Broward’s growing Latino community. The program focuses on providing Latino students with increased opportunities for educational, service, cultural and leadership experiences, while empowering them to complete their high school education and attend a college or university after graduation. The program is being offered as an elective course at the identified high schools. The course includes:
- High-quality classroom instruction on college readiness, personal development, biculturalism and professionalism
- Literacy tutoring opportunities at feeder elementary and middle schools
- Exploration of cultural heritage through literary and performing arts
- Leadership opportunities through student-led service, social and professional committees
“We are honored to partner with The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as part of its 25th Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future, to bring “Latinos in Action” to Broward County Public Schools students,” said Superintendent Runcie. “This initiative empowers students to take an active role in their education and give back to our community through mentorship and service opportunities.”
For more information on “Latinos in Action,” contact Michael Ramirez, director, Office of School Performance and Accountability, at 754-321-3810.