The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) Executive Director Alejandra Ceja will participate in the 10th annual Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital Convening of Latina Youth Leaders conference this Saturday, March 14, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She will address approximately 300 middle and high school Hispanic girls and parents about the Department’s commitment to a high-quality education for all students and the importance of college completion. Ceja also will encourage the young women to help change their schools and communities by becoming leaders. In addition, she will discuss the Initiative’s upcoming report, “Fulfilling America’s Future: Latinas in the U.S., 2015,” which provides a snapshot of Latinas in areas such as education, economy, housing, health and labor. Ceja will be joined by Kimberlyn Leary, advisor to the White House Council on Women and Girls who will discuss the President and First Lady’s efforts to support girls and women in the United States and around the world through the Let Girls Learn Initiative.
The conference, “Encuentro de Chicas Latinas de las Girl Scouts,” is a free event that has been taking place since 2005. Hispanic girls in grades six through 12 in the greater Washington, D.C., area are encouraged to recognize their abilities and become active leaders in their schools and communities.
In September 2015, the Initiative will celebrate its 25th anniversary. In honor of this historic milestone, it has launched its Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future to leverage public- and private-sector commitments to action that invest in quality education programs and strategies for Hispanics.