The JA Hispanic Outreach Program was created by JA of Georgia in 2002 as a response to a report released by the Manhattan Institute which noted that Georgia had the highest Hispanic-student drop out rate in the nation. JA of Georgia became the first Junior Achievement office to offer the program, which is designed to expand the outreach of JA’s traditional K-12 programs to include a supplement lesson which focuses on the importance of staying in school, the importance of being bi-lingual, and the family as an economic unit. The other key component of the JA Hispanic Outreach Program is the Hispanic volunteer role model. The volunteer brings the JA program to life by sharing his or her personal story of success –inspiring students to plan for their future beyond the walls of the classroom. The JA Hispanic Outreach program is delivered in four models: in-class programs, JA Job Shadow, JA College Pipeline, and JA Hispanic Outreach Academy. As this program grows, so does the need for volunteers who understand the Hispanic culture. Read our Case Statement.
Harris Interactive (formerly Wirthlin Worldwide) was contracted to analyze the impact of the JA Hispanic Outreach Program. 2006 evaluation results, which focused on the JA College Pipeline, show that JA of Georgia continues to effectively reach Hispanic youth. Highlights from the fall 2006 survey include:
• Among middle school participants, statistically significant pre/post shifts were observed among the five impact categories: interpersonal skills, staying in school, business economics/free enterprise, good citizenship, and future behaviors.
• 94% of JA Hispanic Outreach College Pipeline participants felt that the experience was beneficial to them as Latino students in particular.
• 100% of JA Hispanic Outreach College Pipeline participants felt that their volunteer inspired them to become a successful person in the future.