Hispanic Foundation College Success Program
Diversifying the Future
Although Latinos represent 28% of the total population in Silicon Valley, only 3% are in the high tech work force. With 39% of the K-12 student population identified as Latino, we anticipate the challenge to continue growing.
Toward a Latino High-Tech Workforce
The HFCSP’s primary objectives are to contribute to higher high school graduation rates; improve college readiness, increase student and parent knowledge about the college journey, growing numbers of students attending college; increase college graduation rates, and increase the number of Latinos employed in the high tech industry.
A Brief History
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) published in 2011 the first Silicon Valley Latino Report Card to better understand the livelihood of Latinos in Silicon Valley. The results of the report provided substantial data, analysis, and comparisons about the challenges Latinos face every day and also sharpened HFSV’s mission to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Silicon Valley through education.
In early 2014, HFSV went into Latino neighborhoods and asked families to participate in a survey; a project that generated over 2,000 responses. The result of this was the Voices of Change report published in late 2014. The report indicated 40% of the participants place education as the most important challenge, and increasing youth programs to prevent student dropouts is the solution.
In 2016, the Hispanic Foundation College Success Center (HFCSC), a hub designed for Latino youths and parents to increase educational opportunities was opened (the first of its kind in the region). A one-stop hub that encapsulates our “cradle to career” course of action empowering middle school, high school, and college students and their parents to excel through education efforts. HFSC helps both students and parents obtain information on college access, advice, guidance, workshops, and online resources.
Diversifying the high-tech industry with Latinx scholars pursuing a career in STEM.