About Us

We are a well-organized foundation with a large following of individuals and organizations. There is a massive need in our targeted communities. There are no other groups or organizations working on several of the projects we have implemented. Our management team individually and collectively are leaders in their fields. We enjoy considerable community support both in the US and Mexico.

Our primary focus is to provide resources to people or groups who are in need and without resources. We offer disaster relief support, help children with learning disabilities, serve as a liaison between small groups and individuals, work with Local and Federal Governments, cultural exchanges, internships, provide literacy programs, humanitarian needs, provide education and health training.

In Washington state: WAGRO recognizes the overwhelming need to combat school dropout rates in the local Latino and Hispanic community. Our goal is to provide resources to at-risk and underprivileged Latino and Hispanic youth, increase family confidence when navigating the education system and increases the success rate of their children by reconnecting families with their culture and heritage.

In Mexico: WAGRO is empowering special needs educators, families and the community by providing training and resources to help children and adults with disabilities reach functional independence in their culture and society.

Courses We Offer

Latino Art

Building self-esteem and cultural pride of children through art and exhibitions promote a feeling of fellowship and network among Latino students. Increase their interest to succeed in college. Create and promote Latino awareness through social and educational activities in the efforts of strengthening diversity. The Community seek to empower Latino/a leaders of tomorrow in an increasingly global environment through their academic, personal and professional development. Our primary mission is the academic success of our students, we are equally focused on providing a culturally and socially enriching environment for all.

Latino and Hispanic Groups for Families

Connecting families to resources in the community empowers Latino children, youth and families through education and leadership development to succeed and contribute to their community, while teaching others about Latin American cultures. Services include Spanish classes, ESL classes, Mentoring Programs for youth and parent support programs. Programs help meet emergency needs, provide information and education, enhance long-term family stability, and promote the growth of a community of support among parents.

The Preschool Mixteco Program

One hour per week directly working with families and children building pre academic skills through stories, songs, readiness skills and art projects.

 

Maintain language and culture. Refers to language as an identity, the ability of a person to represent himself. If people are no longer able to represent themselves, they are no longer able to communicate and they then begin to lose a part of their humanity. This is all part of the process of losing language. While there are factors working against the preservation of language, there are people who are working towards preserving it.

The first step in the preservation of language is to increase literacy. The more people can read and write the more they are going to want to read and write within their own language. The increase of literacy leads to documentation of the language not only in written form but in electronic form via computers; there are many different projects towards preserving these languages. Language shift or language death can be sudden or gradual due to colonization and globalization. Schooling is not an option in Oaxaca and Guerrero it is required however, there are very few forces to ensure education is received. When Children from villages and small towns attend school, they are taught in the nationally recognized language of Spanish. Many children who many have learned their native language are then forced to learn another language. Their parents cannot speak any language other than the native language, leaving the children as translators with the rest of the world. In Oaxaca, approximately 10-15% do not speak Spanish, 70% are bilingual, and only 15% speak only Spanish.

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o   Working directly with 80-100 families one hour twice a week at the YMCA on Casino Rd. Mukilteo, Everett and one hour twice per week at Horizon Elementary, Casino Rd., Everett.

o   Bridging barriers to academic success of Hispanic children in Washington State in cooperation of the YMCA Mukilteo, WA, Horizon Elementary School  & Snohomish County Library

 

We truly believe that promoting native language literacy development in children and adults who are bilingual or learning English as a foreign language is an investment in overall literacy and language development. Many studies have shown that in order to become proficient in another language, an individual must first have a strong foundation in their native language. This allows increased literacy development in English, if so desired. Furthermore, promoting native language literacy skills demonstrates that the community values the cultural background and connections of the individual. It allows community members greater access to events and services geared toward their language community. This allows the individual to be increasingly connected to and proud of their heritage. It also allows parents and children to maintain a deeper connection when their experiences may be very different. Parents are able to read to their children, naturally and easily, in the language in which they are most comfortable. This, in turn, helps the child develop literacy skills in both English and Spanish, which greatly increase their chances of school success. Furthermore, native language literacy development allows parents greater access into government institutions and bureaucracies, such as schools, which often have important documents available in multiple languages

Identity and Language

o   Workshop format, working directly with three local school districts (Edmonds, Everett & Mukilteo), Head Start and Eceap over 100 families and adults throughout Snohomish County, to understand the importance of keeping self-esteem, pride in their culture and language which is the foundation for their family security

 

It is my conclusion, and factual evidence supports a disconnect between native roots and loss of self and puts a chain in motion that negatively impacts lives. I have personally witnessed both sides of these events. Most of my friends that are foreigners that continue to hold on to their native language and traditions have a much easier time not only in school but in life in general.  Statistics show that in Washington State high school graduation is 47%, for Latinos, which is significantly lower than other Americans.  It is my belief that Latinos who live in the United States should, not only learn the language but immerse themselves in the culture and society. It is also my belief that they should retain their identity as Latinos. Having studied my Master’s degree and Doctorate in this related field, along with working as an interpreter for many schools and meeting with many parents, I conclude that there is a need to inform them of these facts. I have had many discussions with these parents and most are very understanding and open to the idea. Originally, most of these parents thought it would be a good idea to drop their native language and culture. However after brief conversations, they came to understand the benefits of having the knowledge both Countries offer. I have worked for many years on identity projects and investigations with several different groups over the past 15 years. Some of these groups spoke languages and dialects that were apart from the mainstream languages. It is my hope to work with parents and teachers to improve their understanding of these benefits. I have several goals in this area with not only helping families but also be able to get several children out of the IEP program that do not really belong there. This will not only help the kids but will obviously be a large savings to school districts and the community in general.

Learning Foundation

Empowering special need educators, families and the community through providing training and       resources to help children with disabilities in Zihuatanejo Guerrero, Mexico reach functional independence in their culture and society.  This is a pilot program.  We are starting with one school (CAM #03): 54 special needs students and have plans to take our program to the other 54 special education schools in Guerrero State Mexico. There are 129,000 documented people with disabilities in Guerrero. Many others are not identified due to the cultural stigma of disabilities.  In Guerrero State, Mexico there are 55 special education schools serving disable children from birth to age 22. WA-GRO’s goal is to create and implement a program that is appropriate for children with special needs in Guerrero State and subsequently throughout Mexico. WA-GRO has started planning for a teacher exchange program between Washington State and Guerrero State.

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