White House Honors AVANCE as a Bright Spot


AVANCE has recently been selected as one of this year’s Bright Spots by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. As a Bright Spot, AVANCE will be part of a national online catalog that includes over 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.

Bright Spots are programs, models, organizations or initiatives selected throughout the nation for their investment and focus on priority areas including early learning, college access, STEM education, post-secondary completion and Latino teacher recruitment.

AVANCE President and CEO Rick Noriega, traveled to Washington D.C
. to attend the press conference announcing the nonprofit’s inclusion in this prestigious listing. The event was held on September 15, at the launch ofHispanic Heritage month and in honor of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary.

“It is an honor to be named among such notable organizations around the United States,” said Noriega. “I’ve been quoted as saying ‘as Latino children go, so goes the future of this nation’. AVANCE understands the urgency in early intervention and investing in quality educational programming for Hispanics. AVANCE lives the mission of Unlocking America’s Potential by strengthening families through parent education and support programs. ”

The Initiative seeks to leverage Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community, from cradle-to-career.

“There has been notable progress in Hispanic educational achievement, and it is due to the efforts of these Bright Spots in Hispanic Education, programs and organizations working throughout the country to help Hispanic students reach their full potential,” said Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative.

To learn more about the Initiative and review the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog, visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative.

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