Category: Family

They Call Me, Mamá –Teacher of the Year Cordelia Fajardo Shares Why She Earned the Award

“To my first graders whose parents are gone, I tell them that we are their family. Their classmates are more than friends. They are also brothers and sisters. When they hurt I tell them, “You can call me, Mama.” Professor Cordelia Fajardo teaches first graders in Comayagua Honduras. […]

What are the Challenges facing Foster Youth after Emancipation in California? Housing, Mental Health and Education Are Critical Needs

  “Given what we experience in foster care, it’s hard to trust people. What we need is the same someone to push us in the right direction year after year until we finish school and get a job.” — Youth in Foster Care Each year, tens of thousands […]

Invisible Children-What Happens to the Children of Detainees?

I visit undocumented mothers in detention. During my conversations with them-One constant worry is shared, the welfare of their children while they are detained. It is difficult to parent children from jail. Incarceration makes it nearly impossible, and the charge to make a phone call to check on the family, […]

Life Lessons I Learned from Jail Visitations

  On September 27, 2015, Pope Francis took time out of his 6-day, super-packed trip to meet with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia. His gentle disposition and touching message inspired me profoundly. Pope Francis told the inmates that he was visiting them “as a brother, to […]

Improving College and Career Opportunities for Latino Students Requires an Early Start

  Tips to Bridge a Career and College Ready Culture between Schools and Latino Homes When it comes to information regarding how to help their children graduate high school, attend college, and embark on careers, many Latino parents feel lost and disconnected from the process. Families in School, […]

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