Presentation on theme: "Mission of the Segura Initiative To provide access to quality Catholic schools to any Latino child in the Diocese Richmond to qualified families and offering."— Presentation transcript:
Mission of the Segura Initiative To provide access to quality Catholic schools to any Latino child in the Diocese Richmond to qualified families and offering opportunities for: faith formation, excellent academics, and the chance to shape the next generation of Latino church leaders.
The Recruitment Process Introduce Catholic schools to Latino families often through formation opportunities initiated by the Office of Hispanic Ministry Contact interested families to discuss the advantages of Catholic schools and the enrollment process Invite families to visit the schools Have students shadow Complete enrollment documents, FACTS forms, agreement letters Utilize paid school-based Advocates (Madrinas) to advocate for children and families throughout these processes
Who is Eligible Latino families having an income of at least $10,000 Families who are registered in a Catholic parish and provide a letter of verification Families who complete a FACTS application to determine need All families make monthly payments according to their income
The Role of School-based Advocates (Madrinas) Assist with the enrollment process by giving tours, and helping families with FACTS forms and other admissions paperwork Facilitate recruitment and retention efforts by contacting families and answering questions Translate documents including newsletters and teacher notes Advocate for Latino students and families by being present at meetings where appropriate or translating for parents and school staff Track students progress and provide support when necessary Assist Latino families, the school community, the Offices of Catholic Education and Hispanic ministry by acting as a liaison between each and ensuring that needs of Latino families and students are met Assist with homework when parents are unable Assist with parish recruitment and enrollment follow-up
Schools with Segura Students and Advocates Sacred Heart Blessed Sacrament Our Lady of Lourdes All Saints Saint Joseph Christ The King Our Lady of Mt. Carmel St. Benedict St. Edward St. Gregory the Great St. Gertrude Saint Mary St. Anne Roanoke Holy Cross Charlottesville
What one of our Madrinas has to say: “This program has been a blessing for my family! My boys are growing in a faith-filled and positive environment. They are hearing about God’s special love for them and they are becoming spiritually strong. As a “madrina”, it has been such an rewarding experience to help other families who are so strong in their faith and beliefs that would do anything to have an opportunity like the one they are able to receive thanks to the Segura program. Being the bearer of this hope for these families moved me completely. I know we can accomplish more because I’m seeing God’s hands in all of this”. - Lisanette Torres, Segura Advocate OLMC