4/5 #LATISM Twitter Party: The Importance of Mentorship in Education

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Recent reports stating an increase in Hispanic enrollment at institutions of higher education are very optimistic: in 2010, according to Census reports, it had a single-year surge of 24%, and more Hispanic young adults enrolled in college from 2009 to 2010 than young blacks and young Asian Americans.

Despite this amazing progress, there’ still a lot of work to do. In order to continue increasing and improving educational opportunities for children, there needs to be a concerted effort that includes families, schools, policy and support systems that can help improve the prospects for all children.

Time after time, research shows that mentoring relationships have innumerable positive benefits to students, especially teens: it helps provide motivation, support and encouragement to help them avoid drug and alcohol abuse, do better in school, get along with others, and many more of the tribulations of being a young human. This is where organizations like Boys and Girls Club of America – an organization that develops programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls– come into play.

This year, long-time LATISM partners TOYOTA just announced a national partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America to develop a college readiness initiative, which will help fund youth education and improve high school graduation rates. As a founding sponsor of the D2D: Diplomas to Degrees, Toyota is providing a $1.5 million grant over three years to help provide tools, resources and support to Boys & Girls Club teens to help prepare them to move from high school to college graduates.

Today, LATISM is dedicating the WHOLE DAY to driving this VERY IMPORTANT POINT:

First off, we will be tweeting LIVE from the official TOYOTA/Boys and Girls Club of America launch event for the campaign. The event will feature an amazing lineup chockful with the likes of Former NBA player and Boys & Girls Club of America Alum A.C. Green, (LA Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks), Ervin Zelaya, Boys & Girls Club Alum, Toyota Scholarship Recipient, College Graduate as well as Toyota and Boys & Girls Clubs Representatives.

Then at 9pm EST, during our LATISM Twitter party, we will be discussing the treacherous path from high school to college, as well as the policies, organizations and ideas that can help drive the growing college rates even higher! Join us and come share your experiences, resources and ideas on mentoring!

So follow us from 11:30 AM to 2 PM EST for the EVENT, live from BALTIMORE, MD –  then join us again at 9pm EST for our weekly Twitter Party. Below are the party details:



  1. ana@premiersocialmedia.com'
    AnaRC 8 years ago

    What a great partnership! it deserves every celebration because it’s exactly what our young people need.  I love the Boys & Girls Club.  My three boys are enrolled and take great advantage of the program.  Kudos to Toyota for supporting our kids and bringing them one step closer to graduation.

  2. rose.k.anderson@gmail.com'
    rose 8 years ago

    A 24% increase is absolutely fantastic! I found with my own kids that–although every child is different–at some point they naturally start to pull away from parents and family members to establish their independence. Having a mentor other than family gives them someone older and wiser they can stay connected to without feeling that their independence is threatened. It makes them MUCH less likely to get into trouble than trying to navigate life all on their own. Boys and Girls Club is really a perfect program for young kids going through this transition–I’m thrilled to hear about this focus on mentorship!

  3. juanita@gmail.com'
    Juanita 8 years ago

    Will we find out what we can do during the Twitter chat? I’ll sure be in the chat room, reading what you guys have to say from the launch event. Thanks!

  4. manuel@gmail.com'
    Manuel 8 years ago

    This will surely help the surge that we’ve already hit back in 2010. Hopefully with a little success and the help we’re seeing from Toyota, that surge will be even higher.

  5. emmanuel@gmail.com'
    Emmanuel 8 years ago

    This is the biggest thing I’ve ever seen Toyota do for LATISM. The partnership with the Boys and Girls Club is even better. I’ll be on twitter for sure!

  6. juliana@gmail.com'
    Juliana 8 years ago

    I’m glad we’re finally realizing that the effort cannot be on an individual level. It’s going to take all of us coming together to get our kids on the right track!

  7. cesar@gmail.com'
    Cesar 8 years ago

    This is great news! The Diplomas to Degrees program is already very successful. With LATISM partnering with Toyota we can really get the word out about getting our kids in college. 

  8. latinachick143@gmail.com'
    LatinaChick143 8 years ago

    I agree, there’s still lots to be done when it comes to Latinos in the world of higher education. Hopefully this grant will help but there will stil be much work to do!

  9. rebecca@gmail.com'
    Rebecca 8 years ago

    I think it’s great that you guys are helping Toyota/B & G Club on discovering just how difficult of a path it is for Latinos to get from high school to collage. 

  10. romano@gmail.com'
    Romano 8 years ago

    Where will the actual Toyota/Boys and Girls Club launch event be happening? I’d love to get involved in the LATISM party and see what this $1.5 million dollar grant is all about. 

  11. alberto@gmail.com'
    Alberto 8 years ago

    I think it’s great that Toyota understands that support for higher education has to start BEFORE college and while kids are still in high school.  They need to realize the value of higher education. 

  12. adalina@gmail.com'
    Adalina 8 years ago

    I love the idea of a Twitter party! I’ll be sure to follow you before the party starts and join in the TweetChat room! Thanks!

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    563 8 years ago

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