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General Purposes

Padres Unidos

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Success Beyond High School
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period January 1, 2002–December 31, 2003
  • Location Denver, CO, United States
  • Geographic Focus Denver

About this grant

Padres Unidos is an organization of low-income and working-class Latino and African-American parents and students. Padres Unidos fosters grassroots organizing, leadership development and an understanding of institutional racism.Multiyear funding will support objectives that include expanding parent and student organizing in northwest and southwest Denver; completing schoolwide reform negotiations at Cole Middle School; creating reforms to change zero tolerance policies and the criminalization of youth in Denver Public Schools; and exploring other issue areas for districtwide reform campaigns.Recent accomplishments included establishing a dual-language Montessori elementary school in northwest Denver that serves primarily low-income, inner-city, Spanish-speaking families; creating a program to help parents with intake, mediation and translation services for Spanish speakers; addressing the overuse of suspensions and low academic standards at a local middle school; and partnering with the Advancement Project to conduct extensive research on dropouts for a campaign to reverse the drop-out rate for students of color.