A GOOOOOL FOR OUR STUDENTS!

To support five young Latino students to participate in an academic and soccer summer camp with the goal to enrich their body and mind.

LAWA - Latin American Women's Association

Our story

The funds raised through this initiative will allow five students from LAWA’s tutoring program to receive scholarships to participate in an academic enrichment program and soccer camp. These students will enhance their literacy skills during the summer.

Currently, Latino immigrant children are identified as the fastest growing population in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools . Our students need added support. Latino students in grades 3-8 lag behind  by nearly 30% in reading and 15% in math when compared to their white counterparts. Ninety percent of students attending schools where LAWA offers its tutoring program Padres yPadrinos, come from economically disadvantaged families.

LAWA provides individualized tutoring to help minimize the gap during the school year, However, due to family socioeconomic and educational challenges, many of our students are not able to attend enrichment programs. Through HIPGive and in partnership with the YMCA, other community organizations, and volunteers, LAWA seeks to provide five scholarship for summer camps to assist students and continue to enhance their literacy levels throughout the summer.

With your support, five students will be able to attend a summer academic enrichment program and will increase their overall academic skills. This is our GOOOOOL for Education!

Why it matters?

Providing educational enrichment programs for students impacts their learning and academic success. LAWA’s mentor-tutor program addresses the academic and social development disparities of Latino students with its program Padres y Padrinos. Due to families socioeconomic and educational challenges, many of our students are not able to attend enrichment programs. Having the opportunity to raise funds with HIP Give, and in partnership with the YMCA, LAWA seeks to provide five scholarships for summer camps to assist students.

How will the funds be used?

As our students return to school in 2014-15 school-year, they will take an academic assessment that will measure their current academic level and compare it with the final assessment taken as they concluded the previous school-year.



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Updates

05/09/2014

Ana came to Charlotte from Pereira, Colombia. She is bilingual, but still needs more practice with Spanish and English. In order to write in Spanish and help her pen pal María Teresain Colombia with English, they write each other often.
Ana uses the computer in the Media Center of her school.

Here is what the girls wrote last week:

Ana:

Hola María Teresa,
¿Cómo pasaste el fin de semana? Yo fui a un parque muy bonito y jugué fütbol con mis amigas. Todo el mundo habla de la Copa Mundial. Mi sueño es jugar durante el verano. Haz click en la dirección de LAWA para que veas el proyecto que tienen en este momento. Ya hay dinero para cinco compañeros del prgrama Padres y Padrinos de mi escuela, pero tengo muchas esperanzas que yo también pueda participar. En mi casa no alcanza el dinero para estas cosas…
Cuéntame ¿cómo es el equipo de fútbol colombiano? ¿Va a ganar la copa? En este momento estoy pensando en el regalo que le voy a hacer a mi mamá para el Día de las Madres. ¿Qué le vas a regalar a la tuya?
Cariños, Ana

P.S. Mi maestra de español me yudó a escribir mi mensaje, contéstame pronto.

María Teresa:

Thank you for the message. I like all your questions. ¡Yeeeees, Colombia is going to win! We have very good players. I am making a very pretty card for my mami in art class, I hope she likes it; she is so good and works very hard to give us a happy life!
I am so happy you have a chance to play soccer this summer, it is wonderful how HIPGiveis helping HIspanics in America!
I am learning English in school and my teacher helps me with my message also.
Write me again soon!!!!!!
Your freind M.T.

Ana knows that LAWA is raising money to send five young students form her school district to soccer camp; she hopes to be among the  five or maybe six? There is still a week left to make a donation. How wonderful would it be to play on a real soccer field, to be outdoors and have fun this summer.
With your help, you can send Ana to camp. Please be generous, donate in her name and vote for Colombia! At this point we need $500 to make her dream come true. Just $1, $5 or $10 will do! There is also an special prize for the organization who has at least 100 funders! We still need 40 doners, each giving just a dollar!

Support Ana by clicking here to pledge online.

 

¡MIL GRACIAS a los  AMIGOS DE COLOMBIA!

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of character to actual persons, livin or dead, is purely coincidental.



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05/04/2014

I interviewed Andrés, one of LAWA’s scholarship recipients. He was born in Argentina and came to Charlotte when he was eight years old.

Tell me about your passion for soccer
“I have been playing soccer since I was 9 years old. First I played with Charlotte United FC and my high school team. Currently, I am playing with a recreational soccer team because the players are former school mates of mine and it is fun.”
How has the game helped you physically and mentally?
“Playing sports is great because it allows you to develop a sense for teamwork. At the same time, it challenges you to be better and improve in everything you do. I know for a fact, if you want to challenge yourself, participating in sports is the best place to start.”
Do you believe Argentine will win the Cup this year?
“Yes, I am nearly 100% positive about it!”
 
Why?
“Based on how well Argentina has been doing this past year, there is a good chance they will win the World Cup. Especially since they have highly recognized and talented players like Agüero, Higuain, Lavezzi, Messi *, Burdisso, Mascherano, and more! I believe they can win!”
Your thoughts about our Project A GOOOOOL for OUR STUDENTS
“This project is fantastic! Along with all the other programs, LAWA is helping the Hispanic Community tremendously. This project in particular, will give youngsters the opportunity to improve their academic and physical skills. And best of all, they will be able to enjoy playing sports.” 
Why is it important to support our young students by giving them a chance to go to soccer camp?
“Participating in a soccer camp is great for developing all kinds of abilities: from teamwork, to foot-work, to agility, to speed, and most of all the ability to play the game.”
*Download Nexos Latinos and read more about Messi on p.16
This is your opportunity to vote for the “winning” team, and at the same time, supporting our youngsters with your small donation!
Tell your friends and soccer fans to click the red button on this site and GIVE!

 



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04/29/2014

This is the story of Juan Carlos

       Juan Carlos and his family came to Charlotte NC from Honduras. He was 5 years old and his sister María Elena was 2. His grandparents and Juan Carlos’ godfather, also named Juan Carlos, still live back in Siguatepeque.
       He knows that his padrino Juan Carlos is a great soccer player; he wants to be like hispadrino
       When Juan Carlos comes back from school, off he goes to play soccer  with his friends. They play in a vacant lot, not far from home. There is no real soccer field, nor is there a real goal post, but they have fun playing while they dream to be famous soccer players.
      Every morning his mother listens to a local Spanish language radio station. She likes to hear when the reporter talks about the Hispanic community, and how wonderful was it for Juan Carlosto find out that the Honduran national team is competing in the World Cup.
He is so proud to be from Honduras!
      “Maybe the reporter knows my abuelo in Siguatepeque” – thinks Juan Carlos – “maybe I could send him greetings over the radio to tell him and padrino that I am also playing soccer, just like the people back home”.
       Juan Carlos heard that LAWA is raising money to send five young students from his school district to soccer camp; he hopes to be among the five. How wonderful would it be to play on a real soccer field, get to know other friends, and have some fun in the summer.
       Friends, with your help and your small donation, Juan Carlos, together with four other kids, would see their dream come true.
       Please be generous, donate in Juan Carlos’ name, and vote for Honduras that is competing against Switzerland, Ecuador, and France at the World Cup 2014.
       Would you help Juan Carlos fulfill his dream? Any amount, as little as ONE DOLLAR, will help put a smile on his face.
Support him by clicking here.
¡GRACIAS AMIGOS de HONDURAS!
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

 



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04/24/2014

Christian reflects on his own experience as a LAWA scholarship recipient and what the organization means to him:

“Not only am I grateful for the financial assistance that I have received for the last two years, but I am incredibly appreciative for the focus and goals LAWA has for the entire Latin American community. The most valuable support is their intention to improve the quality of life through education.”



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04/22/2014

Daniela received a LAWA Scholarship in 2006. She graduated from UNC Charlotte with a Degree in Counseling. She wrote on her Facebook page:

“Want to help a good cause? Help LAWA sponsor a student with academic enrichment and some summer fun. 
 
Students who fall behind grade level by third grade are less likely to graduate on time and more likely to drop out of school. For many Latino students, adding language and economic barriers increase those odds. In my second year as high school counselor, I have already seen too many students whose stories could have been so different had they had this kind of support early on in their education. 
 
Let’s help change the stories of those we can. Anything helps!” 



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04/21/2014

     This is the story of José Luis, a young student, whose parents came from México, and settled down in North Carolina. José Luis is 10 years old, the youngest of five children. who is growing up with hopes and dreams like any other boy of his age. He goes to school on Charlotte’s East Side, together with boys and girls whose parents came from many countries around the world.

     On weekends, he watches men and kids play soccer, but he is too shy to participate. You know, he is a bit overweight and feels embarrassed when he sees the other strong youngsters play.
BUT  José Luis, his parents call him Pepe, dreams to become a soccer player, maybe a famous one…
     He has seen some flyers in school about a special camp for boys and girls his age; could that be something for him? Are his mom and dad able to afford such expense? Chances are they are not: there is no lunch program available during the summer, only the two oldest siblings have a part time job, Pepe needs new clothes, how can they afford to send him to an expensive soccer camp?
     Everybody is talking about soccer these days, and the news about the World Cup makes Pepe even more anxious to play. He hopes Mexico will win the Cup and he wants to learn how to be a great soccer player. He wants to enjoy fresh air, be healthy and enter school in August ready to be among the best students in his class.
     Would you help José Luis to fulfill his dream? Any amount, as little as ONE DOLLAR, will help put a smile on his face!
     Support José Luis by clicking here.
 
¡ÁNDALE! ¡VIVA MEXICO!
 
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 




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Givers

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What a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Violeta Moser’s birthday!!!

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A contribution on behalf of Chloe Stuber!

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In memory of my mother and father!

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Elizabeth Masoni supports this project on behalf of Alejandra Elliot

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On behalf of College Scholarship Ceremony assistants

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Recognizing Violeta Moser on her birthday today!

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Supporting this project on behalf of my Omi (Aida Bertsch)

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This donation is on behalf of “Lucas Picon” and the previous one was on behalf of “Isabella Picon”
Supporting their OMI on this project.

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From Grecia Villanueva with Regus

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Philip Blackmon

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Kids definitely need support.

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MÌ_nica R. supports this project!

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Nicholas,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Nicholas,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Nolan,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Anthony Elliot,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Yiyita,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Puppy,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Elizabeth.
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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Felicitas,
Wonderful enriching opportunity for children!

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A gift on behalf of Sally Kuhlman!

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Francisco supports this project!!!

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George supports this project!!!

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Guadalupe supports this project!!!

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Celebrating HIPster philanthropy – thank you Chloe & Sally!

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Carmen Calvar and her AP Spanish students on behalf of Alejandra Elliot

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Paty Prieto supports this project!!!

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Wonderful idea!

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Great project, well done!

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Fantastic project!

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Mayra A
Hope the kids have a great summer!!!

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Buena suerte!

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Sasha supports this project!!!

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Great cause! <3 kristin

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Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. Gamma Iota Chapter at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Continue the good work!

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Happy to help with this worthwhile cause.

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Keep up the good work!

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Thanks HIP for the support you are giving to the Hispanic community.

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I wish you great success in reaching your goal!

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Keep up the great work to help our students!

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I wish the kids a wonderful time this summer!

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Thank you for giving our young students educational opportunities- Teresa V

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Another goooool for the golden opportunity to participate in summer programs!

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Matching gift on behalf of Althea!

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Mis mejores deseos!

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Honoring HIPster philanthropy – Thank you Althea!

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Keep up the good work!!

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Let’s continue scoring!

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The team

Anneliese Horst Foerster

Native of Chile. Over 50 years of professional experience in the field of education. LAWA Member, dedicated grandmother, and college professor. Enjoys computer technology, social media and genealogy.

Luisa Agathon

Task Master

Native of Colombia. LAWA Scholarship recipient. She now uses her academic knowledge working and supporting the organization that once supported her. As Program Director, Luisa is responsible for implementing and evaluating educational programs for students from elementary school to college. Passionate about education and empowering young Latinos; loves sports and nature walks.

Violeta Moser

Native of Peru. Former bank operations and business management experience. Active community engagement serving on boards and committees. Enjoys talking to people and sharing time with family and friends. Loves music, arts, and sports.

Monica Roncagliolo

Creative Video Expert

Native of Chile. Loves teaching about the world and globalization to her middle school students. Passionate about traveling and visiting national parks across the country. Has three computers at home and publishes hundreds of videos about family, friends, and travels.



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