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The unique structure of our programs, particularly our utilization of prior participants as program facilitators and recruiters, enables a relationship-oriented model unmatched by other providers.


Education Programs

Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE)

Parents Advocating for Student Excellence (PASE): Our PASE program teaches parents how to take a participatory role in the academic success of their children, identify academic challenges their children may face and how to overcome those obstacles, and set high academic expectations for their children including goals for higher education. PASE teaches parents in at-risk neighborhoods how to positively impact their child’s education through active engagement with the public-school system as well as the creation of a home environment supportive of learning and healthy communication.

Parents come together for nine weekly sessions held at their children's school. The PASE curriculum is designed so that it can be implemented at an elementary, middle, or high school. 

 

Parents as leaders (PAL)

Our PAL program sets the stage for children’s academic success by providing parents with children ages 0-5 with the information, resources, and training needed to foster children's early literacy and reading abilities. PAL is a 30-week program for parents to learn in weekly group sessions how to teach their children new vocabulary, motor skills, social and emotional skills, numeracy, literacy, and more. The program helps parents to become effective partners with the school and the community throughout their children's academic careers.

 

lena start

LENA Start: By age 4, low-income students are 18 months behind their more affluent peers in language development. That gap still exists at age 10 and continues through high school.  LENA Start is a 13-week program which is laser-focused on increasing interactive talk between parents with children three and younger. The evidence-based LENA program has been successfully used in more than 16 communities nationwide to drastically increase language development in children from low-income families using groundbreaking technology.  The Concilio is excited to bring this revolutionary program to Dallas and Fort Worth.

 

Student Initiatives

Escalera stem

Escalera STEM (English translation: STEM Ladder): Escalera STEM is a 21-month college-and-career-readiness program delivered at Mesquite High School that focuses on the needs of at-risk, low-income high school juniors and seniors by exposing students to college readiness and career development in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Escalera STEM is a customized curriculum developed by UnidosUS and Shell Oil to address the under-representation of Latinos and minority populations in STEM careers by addressing the obstacles these students face in pursuing STEM careers.  Currently we have 40 high school seniors in the program.

 

avanzando through college

Avanzando Through College: Out of every 10 Latino students who enter a 4-year college, only 5 will exit with a degree within 6 years. Through Avanzando Through College, we support first-generation students by helping them navigate the college system, gain the skills to graduate from college in a timely manner, and learn soft skills such as financial aid, building relationships, studying skills and much more that apply to future career opportunities. Students will participate in interactive workshops led by The Concilio staff. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to receive a $250 stipend for each semester they complete the program.

 

Health Programs

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF)

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (HKHF): Our HKHF program is a 9-week health education program that targets low-income families, primarily Hispanic, who are at an increased risk for obesity. HKHF encourages the adoption of healthy behaviors such as increased physical activity, improved nutrition and positive role modeling, inspiring lasting changes in health behavior within families. Participants also receive 1-on-1 assistance with enrolling into CHIP/Medicaid, SNAP and Qualified Health Plans under the Affordable Care Act.

An option for the whole family, students ages 6-15 are invited to join the HKHF group sessions with their parents. 

 

comprando rico y sano

Comprando Rico Y Sano (English translation: Buying Healthy and Flavorful Foods): This program improves the knowledge and behavior of healthy shopping and eating through culturally sensitive nutrition education and enrollment assistance into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

 
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