2021-2022 School begins on August 17th. Volunteer sign-up will be updated in late November 2021.
What is the H.I.L.L. project
The H.I.L.L. project stands for "Hispanic Initiative for Literacy and Learning". It is a volunteer tutoring/mentoring service club to assist mostly Hispanic/Latino elementary school aged children. The tutoring focuses on the English language arts so that these children do not fall behind the North Carolina curriculum. Volunteers will travel to county public elementary school(s) to tutor and mentor kids in need of assistance. Although the H.I.L.L. project is primarily focused on Hispanic/Latino children due to the need and statistics, it is open to "ALL" who do not have the resources to get their children the after school guidance/assistance to stay on pace.
Starting in our own Community
Impacts Close to Home
My High School (Marvin Ridge HS) is located in Union County, North Carolina.
Union County has a large Hispanic/Latino population.
Less than 17 miles away from Marvin Ridge H.S. is the city of Monroe in Union County which boasts a Hispanic/Latino population of greater than 21% of all residents.
Sadly, Hispanic/Latino children accounted for 36% of all High School drop outs in Union County in the 2017-2018 school year.
The drop out rate in Union County is higher than the national rate.
Why are Hispanic/Latinos falling behind?
The English Language
The most common struggle for Hispanic/Latino children is language arts. Many arrive in the U.S. with little or no English background and placed in a grade level above their language comprehension.
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a report in June of 2017 showing that a whopping 63% of all Hispanic/Latino immigrants coming into the U.S. are functionally illiterate in English.
Poor preparation in the earliest grades
Lack of English fluency at home and among peers.
Limited involvement by parents and limited knowledge as to where to find help and resources.
Lack of financial means to get the resources for their children.
Falling through the Cracks
Typically, by the time many Hispanic/Latino kids reach middle-school they can often be too far behind in their English language skills.
Many will become discouraged and believe they will not graduate nor are worthy to pursue a college degree.
These kids want and deserve a fair shot at a higher education and will need strong English language skills as they face standardized testing in order to secure placement in colleges and universities.
The Reward of helping others
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"No one has ever become poor by giving" - Anne Frank
"Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead" - Mother Teresa
"Non nobis solum nati sumus
(Not for oursleves alone are we born.)" - Marcus Tullius Cicero