Latino Center of the Midlands awarded grant to help families, individuals

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 15:04:20-04

Officials with The Latino Center of the Midlands announced they were recently awarded a grant of $280,994 from United Way of the Midlands. 

The grant will help families and individuals in the Omaha community. 

"Thanks to the generosity of the United Way donors, the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) is able to provide academic support services to students and their parents in the Omaha and Bellevue Public Schools," officials said in a statement

Officials added the grant will help deliver social services navigation and support services to a largely Spanish-speaking population, while also providing classes for adults to strengthen basic literacy and numeracy skills.

LCM says the investment from UWM enables the Pathways to Success (P2S) program to provide essential services to more metro Omaha schools. 

“The United Way award is an investment in the future of the students we serve. Our programs focus on supporting high school age youth and their families to improve school outcomes and to build leadership skills that will guide them into adulthood,” says Melissa Mayo, Program and Evaluation Director of the Latino Center of the Midlands. 

Last year, LCM served 159 high school students by tracking attendance records, grades and class credits. These students receive individualized assistance and support in order to keep them on track towards graduation.

LCM officials added that their staff also keeps in close contact with parents as these youth navigate the challenges of improving academic outcomes.

 Last year, 456 unduplicated adults were served by the adult education activities. In total, there were 2,228 clients served at LCM in 2015.