Boston, MA, March 8, 2017 – A new program will prepare Latino leaders in Boston to be successful board members for school and education nonprofits. Ten local Latino leaders will participate in a 6-month program and join education boards later this Fall.
The Latino Board Fellows Program is one effort, by a new national organization, focused on increasing diverse senior leadership in the education sector. Latinos for Education is the first nationally-founded organization solely dedicated to creating leadership pathways for Latinos in education based in Boston, MA. The organization infuses Latino talent into senior education leadership roles, particularly due to the rise of the growing Latino student population. Nationally, Latino students make up 25% of the student population compared to the 4% of Latino leaders on education boards.
“We believe that board governance is one essential way that Latino leaders can bring their unique talents as advocates for Latino students and families,” said Amanda Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer for Latinos for Education. “In addition to board training, this program will foster a sense of community that is critical for leaders who come from backgrounds that are under-represented in board leadership.”
The Latino Board Fellows Program launches this Saturday, March 11th, 2017 in Boston, MA at CityYear. The new program is a partnership with ten school and nonprofit organizations within the Greater Boston Area including Excel Academy, KIPP Massachusetts, Boston Collegiate, Brooke Charter Schools, Uncommon Schools, Jump Start, Citizen Schools, Year Up, uAspire, and Breakthrough Collaborative.
To learn more about Latinos for Education, click here.