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In support of an educated workforce, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) Education Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization providing increased educational opportunities to Hispanics in the Greater Austin area. The Foundation promotes the value of education and advocates to eliminate the achievement gap. Through its collective partnerships, the Foundation leverages business resources and cultural insights to address the educational needs within the Greater Austin community.
Currently the Foundation's efforts are focused on providing financial support for local students seeking to obtain higher education in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC). Advocating for issues affecting Hispanics and in addition the Foundation is proud to offer a Mentorship Program with the Austin Independent School District (AISD). Furthermore the Foundation develops the leaders of tomorrow through its Hispanic Austin Leadership (HAL) Program. Lastly, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we are working in collaboration with the Austin Independent School District (AISD), Austin Voices for Educating Youth (AVEY) and the Austin Area Urban League (AAUL) to serve as bidirectional advocates between the community and the School District.
Become a Mentor! The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mentorship Program at East Side Memorial High School (formerly known as Johnston) has committed to work with 30 students with an effort that the students pursue education beyond high school. The GAHCC Mentorship Program consists of 12 sessions designed for the students and their parents and the 30 GAHCC Advisors. With a focus on dropout prevention, the GAHCC and Education Foundation the Advisors will meet one Saturday a month with the students as well as visit the student at least twice a month at school. Topics covered are study skills, goal setting and decision making, consequences of one's action, the importance of volunteerism, working with the school guidance counselor, good living practices, exploring the arts, and a trip to a college campus. The GAHCC encourages you to join us and become an advisor and contribute to the well being of our Hispanic youth!
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