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EL MONTE PROMISE FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH ROADMAP TO COLLEGE EFFORT FOR ALL PRE-K TO 8TH GRADE STUDENTS IN EL MONTE CITY AND MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Designed in collaboration with various community partners, 13,000 students in the greater El Monte and South El Monte area will receive data-driven Roadmaps on how to prepare for higher education.
EL MONTE, CA — (April 6, 2022) The El Monte Promise Foundation (EMPF), as a demonstration of its commitment to create a seamless cradle-to-college pathway for students in the greater El Monte and South El Monte region, today launched its Roadmap to College effort which includes distributing 13,000 booklets to all PreK to 8th grade students in the El Monte City and Mountain View School Districts. Roadmap to College is a series of visually appealing documents detailing the college readiness indicators tailored for each specific grade level. The Roadmaps are tangible tools that highlight ways that students, parents, and other stakeholders can support college pathways at home and in the community.
“We are proud to share this new resource to help all our students and families. We want all children to see that higher education is accessible to them, and to offer parents a how-to guide to get there,” said Jennifer Cobian, Executive Director of El Monte Promise Foundation. “Our goal is to have these Roadmaps inspire collaborative action to encourage students’ academic achievement and life-long success.”
As part of EMPF’s mission to remove educational barriers and create a seamless pipeline to college for students in the greater El Monte and South El Monte region, these Roadmaps will serve as a vital resource for the community that targets key areas of needs for students, including academic behaviors, social-emotional development, family and community engagement, college knowledge, and financial literacy.
“These efforts would not be possible without the formed partnerships and collaboration between EMPF and educators, content experts, and parents,” said Jeff Seymour, President, El Monte Promise Foundation. “We are also proud to partner with our school districts and community in this commitment to meeting the educational needs of their students both inside and outside the classroom.”
Along with the Roadmap to College, EMPF supports students and their families by providing workshops covering topics that range from gaining financial literacy, budgeting for higher education, and building credit. EMPF also operates the Scholars Savings Program where parents and guardians can open a 529 College Saving Account for their child to begin saving for the expenses that often make higher education especially difficult for economically disadvantaged families.
The Roadmap to College was made possible thanks to the generous support of our partners and funders including El Monte City School District, Mountain View School District, El Monte Union High School District, El Monte Promise Foundation Parent Advisory Committee, Asian Pacific Community Fund, S. Mark Taper Foundation, California Community Foundation and First 5 LA.
EMPF plans to offer Roadmap for College guides for 9th to 12th grade students in the near future.
About El Monte Promise Foundation
The El Monte Promise Foundation is a community-based organization that unites the community’s efforts to create a seamless cradle-to-college pathway in the greater El Monte region. EMPF is committed to creating a college-ready culture and believes education is fundamental to a community’s growth and development. Families interested in enrolling in the Scholars Savings Program can visit www.promisenow.org/enroll.