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An Urgent Call to Action For & After Hispanic Heritage Month

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It’s unlike us to flat-out brag, but this is the most sophisticated Stylized PowerPoint Video we’ve ever made – on more than one level, no less.

First, the core content is of utmost importance not only for U.S. Hispanic and Latino citizens, but for everyone who cares about the USA.  It’s a matter of great urgency, and it needs the country’s undivided attention now!

Second, the Stylized PPT Video design and delivery was born of an ambition to make it ever-so-special.  We’ve taken what would have regardless been a must-see video to a whole new must-see level.  Watch it now, if you haven’t already.

Here are the url’s we promised in the video:

http://www.StudentMentor.org – This is a web-based non-profit group, matching college students with mentors.  It was started by Stephanie Bravo, a San Francisco Bay Area Latina (and Hispanic Scholarship Fund alumna) while she was in medical school.

http://blog.latinnovating.com/?p=207 – This is the blog post that inspired the production of this particular Stylized PPT Video.  The author, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, concludes the installment with this urgent plea: “Please, go ahead and commit to this; I cannot stomach the consequences and the idea that we can literally drag the nation down with rapid population growth and dismal education outcomes.  So much is at stake for our country.  Will you please join me?”

Finally, here is the script for the video:

National Hispanic Heritage Month invites all U.S. citizens to think about the good that can be had as a country if we fully embrace our diversity and steadily nurture inclusion.  One need only look at the abundance of evidence in every direction to see what can happen when this potential gets tapped.  In the arts, the sciences, engineering, technology, entertainment, business, government, education and more.

As proposals go, this one in particular merits special attention at this juncture in time.  Why?  Because the 2010 census revealed that our nation is in the midst of undergoing a radical facelift.  Especially notable is that the U.S. Hispanic population grew 43% since 2000, as compared to 5% for all the other groups put together.  It now exceeds 50 million, and it has become the second largest group in the nation.  The Pew Hispanic Center projects it will climb to 128 million by 2050.  Even more significant, says the center, is that Hispanics currently account for nearly one-quarter of children under the age of 18.  They also have the most women of child-bearing age.

In view of these numbers, it’s sobering to also learn there’s a possible speed bump on the road to their becoming productive citizens.  As reported by Deborah Santiago, Co-founder and Vice President of Policy and Research for Excelencia in Education, educational attainment among Hispanics is lower than that of any other group.  Moreover, the U.S. cannot reach its 2020 college degree attainment goals without significant improvement in this group.  These attainment goals, btw, were put into place by President Obama.  He, along with the experts who study these matters, regards them as crucial for meeting the country’s future workforce needs, and for producing positive social outcomes.

The good news is that our nation has a proud history of successfully dealing with this kind of challenge – that is, educating its citizenry on a very large scale.  There was, for example, the college land-grant act in 1862, which set aside federal land for the construction of public colleges and universities all across the USA.  Another was the G.I. Bill at the end of World War II.  It kept the country from slipping into an economic crisis due to high unemployment among the returning service men.  And then there was the development of the community college system in the 1960’s, to educate the baby boomer generation.  Not unlike what is needed today, these all sought to provide social and economic opportunities to those who might have otherwise gone without.

In short, then, U.S. Hispanics – as well as other population groups with similar needs — require all the assistance we can muster as a nation to get them through the education pipeline.  And because this is uncharted territory for so many of these families, such assistance must go beyond merely providing proper academic preparation.  It must also instill a desire to stay in the pipeline, and it must give encouragement, hope and guidance for getting through it.

One strategy that holds some promise for being part of the solution is to have people who’ve already earned a degree become a mentor to one or two low-income students.  Though the ideal scenario is for the mentoring to begin in middle school and continue until graduation from college, there are short-term options as well.  So if you’re a working professional or perhaps retired, and willing to step-up to the plate, or at least consider it, we’ve provided some links on the page below to learn more about mentoring and how to get started.

Think about it: future generations of Americans shouldn’t have to ask what happened when they can instead reflect on the knowledge that together we did it!

Our nation’s trajectory hangs in the balance.  Will we faithfully answer the call once again?

This presentation is an example of our signature Stylized PowerPoint Video technique.  If you’d like to learn more about it, or have one made for you, contact Ken@marketing-strategy-management.com

2 Comments

  1. Kenneth Rudich says:

    I’m glad I had the chance to help advance the cause. It is, undoubtedly, more than worthwhile. Thanks for bringing it to light.

    Best of luck, Ken

  2. Thank you for this, for hearing the urgent plea and giving it new life. I’ve shared and it will be further shared. :-)

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