OCBC’s Latino Educational Attainment Initiative (LEA) program educates 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 be the best advocates for their children’s education and future. For the last 12 years, the LEA Initiative has unified communities, students and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for Orange County.
Looking to get involved?
- Are you a parent already participating in LEA? Please download the parent survey in English or Spanish.
- View the Latino Educational Attainment Guiding Principles and the Ten Education Commandments for Parents.
- Latino Educational Attainment Facilitator’s Guide: English | Spanish | Korean l Vietnamese
- Developmental Assets: An Educational Guide for Parents: English | Spanish
Latino Educational Attainment Committee
The Latino Educational Attainment (LEA) committee works with community partners to develop innovative solutions to expand the program throughout Orange County and beyond.
Dr. Cathy Wiestock, CSU Fullerton
Alicia Berhow, Vice President of Workforce Development and Advocacy
- Created and printed 30,000 copies of the 10 Educational Commandments for Parents book in English and Spanish.
- Created and translated the 3rd edition of the “10 Educational Commandments” in Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean.
- Received inquiries from over 30 school districts across California, requesting copies of the 10 Educational Commandments for Parents Facilitator’s Guide.
- Trained over 10,000 parents on the 10 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 10-week article series on the 10 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 10 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.