WHY THIS MATTERS
the importance of caring for community
of Latine/Hispanic identifying students will not enroll in post-secondary education after high school.
Studies have demonstrated the positive correlation between poverty-level and education-level, noting that poverty rates decrease with higher education. However, studies have also shown that finances are often a barrier for Latine individuals wanting to attend post-secondary education. The Park Place works to remove those barriers.
Only 21% and 31%
of Minnesota Latine students are proficient in math (21%) and reading (31%) as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment.
2 in 5
of Latine Minneapolis children live in poverty. Countless stressors - such as obesity, chronic health conditions, adverse childhood experiences, and food insecurity - are linked to poverty. All of which have a direct impact on students ability to learn.
For every dollar invested into policy and programs for educational purposes, there is a "return of investment". Some projections have shown for every $1 spent on educational-intervention programs, there is $6 to $12 return.
Some "whys" can't be succinctly communicated with statistics and numbers. Some can only be felt and expressed. Regardless of how you look at it, our Latine youth and families are falling through the educational cracks. The Park Place believes in supporting every individual to reach their highest goals.
Through comprehensive interventions, The Park Place utilizes evidence-based practices and principles, informed by parent and family information to listen to the needs and hopes of our Latine community.