Latino Educational Attainment Initiative (LEA)

OCBC’s Latino Educational Attainment Initiative (LEA) program was developed to educate Orange County’s immigrant parents (Latino, Korean and Vietnamese) on the skills needed to navigate California’s school system. This is done through the “10 Education Commandments” and “Development Assets” workbooks, taught by LEA trainers within the community. The program empowers parents to become the best advocates for their children’s education and future. For the last 12 years, the LEA Initiative has worked to unify communities, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for Orange County.

LEA Committee

The LEA committee is dedicated to empowering a key partner in the success of Latino students – their parents. The committee works to fill the gaps left by education, to assist Latino parents on how to advocate for their children and to spark the importance of education in Latino neighborhoods, the Latino Educational Attainment initiative is working to unify the community, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for the future.

CLICK HERE to get involved or contact Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy.

LEA Accomplishments

  • Created and printed 30,000 copies of the Ten Educational Commandments for Parents book in English and Spanish.
  • Created and translated the 3rd edition of the “Ten Education Commandments” in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean.
  • Received inquiries from over 30 school districts across California, requesting copies of the Ten Educational Commandments for Parents Facilitator’s Guide.
  • Trained over 10,000 parents on the Ten Educational Commandments for Parents.
  • Coordinated the expansion to 30 parent coalitions in the following cities: Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Westminster, and Garden Grove.
  • Wrote the ten-week article series on the Ten Commandments Education for Parents, published by the Orange County Register/Excélsior (Jan 10 – Mar 17, 2006).
  • Participated with the White House Initiative on improving education achievement among Hispanic Students.
  • Highlighted LEA as a promising practice program at the Orange County State of Education Forum.
  • Implemented the Ten Educational Commandments for Parents in all 70 schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District.
  • Developed a second product titled The Developmental Assets, a guide for parents to assist with their child’s development.

Funding Partners

  • AT&T
  • The Boeing Company
  • Chevron
  • Cox Communications
  • Southern California Edison
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Wells Fargo Foundation

Coalition Partners

  • Anaheim Elementary School District
  • Boy Scouts of Orange County
  • California State Univeristy, Fullerton
  • Fullerton Collaborative
  • Garden Grove Unified School District
  • Girl Scout Council of Orange County
  • Saddleback Valley Unified School District
  • The Wooden Floor

Community Partners

  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Orange County United Way
  • Orange County Register/Excelsior

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