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Last updated 10/16/14

Conexiones Board Meetings for 2014 Scheduled

All meetings will be held at Howard High at 7:00 PM:

Patapsco Friends Meeting to Award Four Students Emma & Tom Byrne Peace Award

Patapsco Friends Meeting will award one prize of $200 to one student in November of each year. The Peace and Social Concerns Committee will select the student based on the work and/or projects the student was engaged in over the past year. In addition to the county-wide winner, three other finalists will receive a $50 prize. All applicants will receive a certificate of participation. For more information see the Patapsco Friends Meeting website.

Howard Community College To Hire an Hispanic Student Success Advisor

With the increasing numbers of Hispanic/Latino students enrolling at HCC, the college set up a committee last year to review best practices and to develop services to serve Hispanic/Latino students. The college has decided to start a pilot by hiring a part time Hispanic Student Success Completion/Retention Advisor. The job has been officially posted at the Howard Community College website.

Partnership With Freddie Mac

Conexiones is partnering with Freddie Mac to educate Hispanic families on better credit, money management and responsible home ownership. Freddie Mac offers CreditSmart® Consumer Online Training. En Español vea Su crédito, su casa y su futuro.

 

Feli Solá-Carter Receives Award for Outstanding Education Advocate from Governor

Feli Sola-Carter Receives Award for Outstanding Education Advocate from Governor

On October 15, 2014 Governor O'Malley hosted a reception in Government House, Annapolis, MD to celebrate Maryland Hispanic Heritage Month. Thirteen awards were presented to outstanding Marylanders who have served the Hispanic community. Feli Sola-Carter, representing Conexiones, received the award for Outstanding Education Advocate.

Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation by Howard County

Howard County Council Presents Conexiones with Proclamation Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 6th 2014, the Howard County Council Presented a Proclamation to Conexiones in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Annual Hispanic Achievement Awards

On Wednesday May 14, 2014, several hundred people gathered in the auditorium of Long Reach High School to celebrate the accomplishments of 104 soon-to-be high school graduates. These aren't just any students; they are 104 of Howard County's accomplished, intelligent driven Hispanics who have been recognized for their dedication to academics, serving the community and overcoming life obstacles. This year students from each of Howard County's 12 public schools were honored.

See a complete report by Sara Martinez, including the names of all the awardees.

Here also is a slide show from the festivities.

Mission

The mission of CONEXIONES is:

  • To ensure that every Hispanic student in Howard County will complete high school and will continue in productive and satisfying directions.
  • To develop partnerships with schools, community organizations, businesses, community leaders and parents to provide comprehensive programs to advance the leadership capabilities and educational achievement of Howard County Hispanic youth.

If you believe in our mission, we encourage you to donate to Conexiones. We are a registered 501(c)(3) organization.


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Advocacy for Hispanic Students in Howard County

CONEXIONES has been an advocate for changes in policies, practices and personnel of the Howard County Public School System, that improve the performance and educational outcomes for Hispanic students. These efforts directly resulted in the establishment of the Hispanic Achievement Specialist position within the HCPSS and the addition of Hispanic Achievement Liaisons in all schools with a substantial Hispanic population. This approach promises to serve as a national model.

Conexiones Advocacy with the Board of Education

On May 1, 2014, Conexiones met with the Board of Education and leadership of the Howard County Public School System.  At the meeting, Feli Solá-Carter, President, David Rodriguez, Advocacy Chair, and Maryann Maher, Secretary, acknowledged the positive results in the increased graduation rates and decreased dropout rates for Hispanic students in the county.  They stressed the need for continuing and intentional attention to participation of Hispanic students in Gifted and Talented and Advanced Placement classes in the STEM field, and appropriate staffing of the Hispanic Achievement Liaison positions commensurate with data based staffing decisions. Please see the Conexiones Presentation here.

Activities

We support our mission by providing assistance and support to encourage students to complete high school, consider higher education opportunities and to be successful in their career choices.

Student Clubs

In order to nurture a positive ethnic identity and strengthen a sense of belonging, we support Hispanic youth clubs organized within the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). These clubs build community, celebrate Hispanic heritage, foster academic achievement, and provide leadership experiences.