lifting up a community
a new generation rise to their
potential elevates us all
lifting up a community
and helping a new
to their potential
elevates us all
“This work is about the future and the community that my children are going to grow up in.”
– Norma Edith Garcia, Board President, El Monte Promise Foundation
Norma Edith Garcia is building a better future for all of El Monte’s children. As board president of the El Monte Promise Foundation, she works with residents to ensure El Monte families have the resources they need to succeed. “I was born in El Monte. My children go to school here,” Norma says. “To me, it’s personal.”
Earning a college degree increases lifetime income and creates healthier residents, families and communities. Yet soaring tuition costs often make that dream unattainable. This is especially true in predominantly low-income El Monte, where just one-third of adults have a high school diploma. But children whose parents start a college savings account see greater academic achievement and are seven times more likely to go to college.
This year, CCF supported the El Monte Promise Foundation in launching the Scholars Savings Program. Designed by local leaders, the program has guided more than 135 families through the process of opening a savings plan, while teaching students about financial management and investing for the future. Parents also have the opportunity to earn additional scholarship dollars with each monthly deposit. The El Monte Promise Foundation was born out of CCF’s El Monte Community Building Initiative (CBI), a 10-year, multimillion-dollar initiative to create a better future for El Monte families. Now in its final year, CBI has granted $7.6 million since 2006 to help El Monte residents, parents, schools, local government and the business community identify and develop their own solutions to improving health, education and career opportunities.
As the CBI comes to a close, we are encouraged by the work of leaders like Norma and the El Monte Promise Foundation, which will carry on the legacy of local involvement to improve the city. “This was a call to action, a bringing together of community so that we’d all work together to serve our students,” says Norma.
2014-2015 VISION: Engage El Monte residents, public agencies and businesses to identify their community’s most critical challenges and take ownership to develop solutions that ensure a brighter future for all residents. Awarded 6 grants totaling $958,000.