The Mexican immigrant community in New York City is hardworking – they have the lowest unemployment rate among the City’s Latino groups – but are trapped in low-wage jobs that keep individuals and families in or near poverty. Though adults are committed to charting new courses for their families both in the US and back home in Mexico, their children are underperforming academically – they have the lowest rates of school enrollment, educational engagement and degree attainment. Mexicans are a relatively new immigrant group and, compared to others, have fewer civic institutions, shallower community roots and the least developed English-language abilities.
Deutsche Bank's Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities initiative aims to improve the long-term educational and economic well-being of children, youth and families of Mexican origin in New York City. The initiative seeks to ameliorate the barriers facing Mexican and Mexican-American students through relevant research and high-quality programs and services.
The initiative targets young learners (pre-school through grade 3) who do not have the proper support to be ready to enter and perform in school, and high school students who need support to remain in learning activities that better equip them for advancement in the world of work. At the heart of this effort are neighborhood-based networks of nonprofits, schools, libraries and other community institutions.