Women’s History Month is coming to an end, but before this wonderful month is over, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on our story. Con Mi MADRE has been a part of the Central Texas community for over ten years but our journey to be where we are today started almost thirty years ago.
In 1992, according to a state demographer, a Latina baby girl had less than a 1% chance of getting a college education. Knowing the Latino population was on the rise, the Junior League of Austin began the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program which they hoped would help change this statistic. At the time, the program only focused on working with 6th grade Latinas and their mothers to empower the girls to stay in school, graduate, and go to college.
Due to growth in need and demand, Con Mi MADRE spun out into its own 501 c(3) non-profit in 2008 following the Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program’s original mission. The new organization expanded to help Latinas in grades six through 12 providing mother-daughter conferences, college visits, campus meetings, volunteer opportunities, counseling, and mentoring.
Throughout the years, our most cherished event has been the graduation ceremonies we host to celebrate this major accomplishment for our mother-daughter teams. Plus, it’s an extra heartwarming moment to see the families’ reactions when we announce our scholarship recipients.
The graduating class of 2018 had a 100% graduation rate.
Achieving high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment was a big achievement for Con Mi MADRE. But we quickly learned that we needed to do more. Retention rates among first-generation students were alarmingly low. Thus, the Success Program was born.
The Success program was created to address concerns that arise during college, including financial aid, housing, homesickness, and other issues. Girls enrolled in the Success program receive assistance through college workshops and 1-on-1 meetings giving them the skills to excel in their college journey.
Our organization has grown so much not just in Central Texas, but beyond as well. In the fall of 2017 we started our first satellite chapter in El Paso and the following fall of 2018 we started our Fort Worth chapter!
It has been an exciting decade and we have been able to do so much to help change that 1992 statistic. We are excited to see what our participants will accomplish and how much more we will grow in the future. Thank you to all the strong women who have helped us get to where we are today.
Happy Women’s History Month!