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As a nonprofit, ELF programs are funded through partnerships, events and donations. We seek your support to continue our efforts. You can also be part of our volunteer committees to bring in your ideas!

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About ELF Success Fund for 2022

The ELF Success Fund provides the resources that enable the Latino community to move forward by amplifying their voices in literature, increasing financial informational resources for students to graduate from college, and building community trust with service providers. Each area is important to reach equal representation in the U.S. Your donations, large or small, can contribute to helping change the future of our Latino communities.

Uplifting Latino Voices in Literature

Latino Reads: There is a 40% of authors who do not have enough information about themselves online to properly promote their books, and develop their career as an author. The problem here is content production and digital support. Every year, our team and volunteers dedicate hours to the process of interviewing authors, filming, and collecting materials from the authors such as their photos, book covers, author bio, and marketing statement. Over the past years, the organization has collected a few hundred videos of interview content, but the available funds are not able to cover the editing, promotion, and distribution of all these pieces. We believe this is critical in the process to uplift Latino voices in literature; therefore, we will continue producing the interviews and seek support to maintain this effort. View our progress at www.Books.LatinoBookAwards.org

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Education Begins in the Home

Low reading skills are not a new problem it has been a continuous problem all across communities. This program started in 2015 after its founder, Edward Becerra, was introduced to the statistics showing that many children didn’t have books at home. This produced the urging need to find a solution. He decided to volunteer his time to provide free books to low-income children in his local area, the North San Diego County. By now it has successfully distributed over 150,000 books to low-income children and families primarily at Elementary Schools where the highest percentage of low reading levels are observed. “If children don’t have books at home, how can they become habit readers?”  This effort is 100% volunteer-based and seeks funding mainly to cover the storage, transportation, and costs for volunteers. This program seeks to increase the reading level of children by providing free books. Visit this program’s website at www.OpenaBook.org

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Empowering Latino Students Success Fund

Prior to the pandemic, Latino students were entering both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities at record rates but, the Department of Education data shows a staggering 50% of Latino students drop out of post-secondary education before completing their second year of studies. According to recent research, the primary reasons for first-generation and immigrant students dropping out of college before earning their degrees are lack of funding and insufficient academic support. Empowering Students is a program that existed as a printed book of 2,100 financial sources for Latino and American Indian students to fund college. After the program attempted to transition into an online database, it fail for a lack of funding. The funds required exceeded available resources to develop the website, input all available content, update the database, promote it online, and provide workshops. Our goal is to support the conversion of our existing databases and resources into a bilingual interactive website that can be accessed easily by students, parents and guardians, and counselors. We seek to empower Latino students facing funding shortages to increase college graduation rates. See our progress at www.EmpoweringStudents.org

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$2,500

Kids Succeed When Parents Read

Scholastic Books research found that only 20% of Latino parents read to their children aloud most of the week compared to 62% of mainstream parents. This is 42% lower than the mainstream average. Furthermore, several studies have shown that children from low-income families hear 3,000,000 fewer words by the time they turn three than children from middle-class families. The combined result is that Latino children on average enter the educational system nearly a year behind other students. The disparity in reading ability cascades into under-performance in other subjects. Kids Succeed when Parents Read will guide, encourage, and motivate Latino parents to read to their kids, and to see reading as a bonding time while ensuring a better future for their children. This program will become a print and online package accessible by educational institutions, nonprofits, libraries, and interested individuals.

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Digital Support for Latino Authors, Being Online is Key

Technology Support: Currently, society has entered into a digital stage and the words “if you are not online, you don’t exist” begin to resonate strongly everywhere. Where can people find you? How can we connect with you? Where can we find your books? These are simple questions, but unfortunately, for the older generation of authors, “computer savvy” is not one of their skills. The goal with this technology support is to offer solutions to everyday tasks, provide support in the learning curve, and partially fund technology costs such as the creation of an author website.

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Latino Book & Family Festivals Support Fund

Over the year, statistics have shown that low-income communities are the most vulnerable and their needs are greatly influenced by health, economic, and education factors. During the pandemic, Latino children’s poverty rates increased, especially among children in immigrant families (Hispanic Research Center). Our goals are to facilitate access to resources about health, financial, economic security, reading, education, as well as arts and culture. Our communities face many hardships and we seek to increase access to the resources they might need through these challenging times. Visit www.LBFF.us to see how funds have being used.

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