Welcome to the Latino Educational Fund (LEF). LEF is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to helping Latino/ a students and young adults achieve their full potential through higher education and employment. Our Services include scholarship, career development, financial literacy courses and policy advocacy. Our focus is to meet the national and local education skills and employment goals for students and employers. Our services are intended to assist students in entering and graduating college in order to obtain gainful employment.
Latinos are the fastest growing minority groups but unfortunately, Latinos have the lowest high school and college completion rates of any racial or ethnic group. LEF's goal is to increase the number of Latinos entering and completing college degrees. LEF provides scholarships and resources to Latino students to assist in their academic success through graduation and into the workforce. By activitly assists students and young adults in identify career paths we assist them in furthering their education.
The core principle of LEF's career development resources is to assist young Latinos to achieve academic and employment success as they transition into adulthood, careers or future education. LEF staff facilitate workshops for students and young adults on how to write a resumes, complete college applications, financial aid, and skills assessments etc. LEF’s Career Clubs (Job clubs) are intended to be career development resources for students and young adults. LEF's career clubs provide participants with the following: resumes writing, college application workshops, financial aid workshops, skills assessment, career counseling readiness, work experience, temporary employment, on the job mentoring, and a series of professional development workshops. This includes the initial assessment of the participant’s skills and work history. LEF plans to help participants overcome physical, emotional and financial barriers so they can attend college, maintain jobs and balance the demands of work for career advancement. Remedial education and ESL are provided through community referrals. LEF intends to achieve this through reinforcing LEF’s message that education is the pathway to self-sufficiency through a successful career. This message is delivered to the students by demonstrating the practical benefits of staying in school and becoming life-long learners.
Financial Literacy is important to provide Latino students with the knowledge they will need to make informed decisions about their future and the future of their families. Latino children are often involved in financial decisions, especially among immigrant Latinos; therefore it is important to education them on the core bases of the American financial institutions. LEF strives to hold financial literacy classes to educate students on banking, credit, bankruptcy and mortgage lending. An educated and informed population makes a strong and innovated workforce.
LEF strives to provide internships as a pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and those seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. For students, internships also supplement academic classes and, in some cases, earn college credit. For recent graduates and individuals considering a career change an internship is a way to try a new job without making a permanent commitment. An internship is a way to test the waters in a variety of career fields, to gain "real-life" experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of a certain vocation. Internships for Graduates If you're a recent graduate looking for some work experience or are interested in a career change, consider an internship to get an insider's view of a new career field. It will allow you to gain experience and to decide if this is something you really want to do. Plan your internship search just as you would a job search, but, specify when you apply that you're interested in an internship rather than a permanent position.
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