Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation (DBAF) designed and established Anchoring Achievement in Mexican Communities to improve the long-term educational and economic well-being of children, youth and families of Mexican origin in New York City.
- Increase the availability and accessibility of high quality educational programs and services
- Increase student and parent engagement in and completion of school and community-based learning activities
- Improve academic performance and, where applicable, employment prospects
This grant program will support the delivery of high quality programs and services that are:
- Neighborhood-based: By developing a spectrum of services within a shared geography, this initiative weaves together new and existing resources that can be made available and accessible to families who live and work there.
- Targeted toward one of two identified high-need student groups: Informed by both analyzed data and on-the-ground reports from community leaders, two student populations are reported most in need of effective education engagement: young learners, pre-school through grade 3, and high school students. Early learners do not have the proper supports to be most ready to enter and perform in school. High school students, many of whom are currently leaving school to enter the workforce, need to be supported to re-engage and/or remain in learning activities that better equip them for advancement in the world of work.
- Inclusive of parents: To achieve strong positive outcomes, a comprehensive effort must involve parents so to develop them as advocates for their children and their communities, and also to provide them opportunities for education engagement and economic stability as well. Research shows a strong correlation between parental education and outcomes for children.