Linda Flores Olson
Executive Director, Houston Hispanic Forum
30th Annual Career and Education Day
One of the largest career exploration events for middle and HS students in the US. 12,000 attendees. 52 career panels. Over 1200 volunteers. It's a free event for the entire family. Free lunch, childcare and tax advice.
Parent Track is conducted in Spanish and English, and includes: Models of Success (parent/student panel), College 101, Career Options and Parenting Skills
Middle School Program - will feature Patrick Perez, Hip Hop artist and student empowerment speaker. He speaks at their level - he's not "preachy."
**Comcast is a supporter of the Houston Hispanic Forum on Career & Education Day.
Latinos are the least educated ethnic group in Houston with 68% having a HS diploma or less and only 12% have college degree or higher as compared with 22% for Blacks, 39% for Whites and 50% for Asians.
In Harris County, Hispanic represent 41% of the population, the largest of any ethnic group. Half of those living in poverty in Harris County are Hispanic with 16% of Hispanic households receiving food stamps or other social assistance, compared to 4% of Whites households.
The only way out of poverty is education!
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