AARP Launches Families4Education
New bilingual online resource provides college preparatory information for multigenerational households
WASHINGTON - October 11, 2013-AARP has launched a new bilingual online resource to help increase the number of college educated households in underserved communities. Families4Education is designed to help African-American and Hispanic/Latino families prepare their children academically, financially and emotionally to achieve their dreams. Families4Education.org and FamiliasyEducacion.org will guide families through the college preparation, application and financial aid process and help families connect with educational resources in their local communities.
According to Education Week, 9.6% of African-American students and 17.6% of Hispanic/Latino students drop out of high school compared to 5.2% of White students. Families4Education aims to address this disparity by providing a comprehensive source of knowledge, encouragement and useful information to help families make informed decisions about their children's futures and post-high school education options.
"AARP believes that all young people should have real possibilities for a bright future, where our children and our grandchildren can pursue their goals and live their dreams," said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement. "At AARP, we know that a sound foundation is based on educational and career achievement. These days it takes supportive families to help children obtain a post high school education. Whether a child's goal is to attend college, a university, community college or a vocational school, Families4Education will help parents, grandparents and students navigate the process."
At Families4Education.org and FamiliasyEducacion.org, families will find information and resources about financial aid, advice on applying to college, study guides, goal planning strategies for students in middle school through the 12th grade, testimonials and online discussion groups.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more atwww.aarp.org.