Women find themselves misrepresented in all sphere of life, particularly in those instances where the decision making process occur.s Justice International is advocating for women rights through the promotion of technologies for direct democracy. All individuals has a right to participate in the political decisions that will have an impact in her/his life trajectory. Through the promotion of direct deliberative means of decision making, in corporations and in the public sphere Justice International aim to develop technologies inclusive decision making process protecting in this way women rights.
We are seeking for donations to complete the next phase of this project that we describe following
Justicia Internacional is currently working on the updating of a document with the purpose of requesting precautionary measures in defense of the Venezuelan people that will allow normalizing the supply of medicines and medical supplies, rescuing the health system, implementing an epidemic control plan and, above all, urgently promote actions that lead to defend, preserve and guarantee the inalienable right to health and the right to a dignified life of Venezuelan citizens.
The fundamental and unique objective of such urgent and necessary measures is to preserve the universal and inalienable human right of Venezuelan citizens to health, enshrined in both Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 12 of the International Covenant. of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PIDESC). For more information see http://www.justiciainternacional.org/nuestros-proyectos/item/56-dossier-crisis-humanitaria
The petition is accompanied by an extensive argument, with its respective evidences, included mostly as part of the discussion of the alleged facts and presented in its entirety in a dossier attached to the document.
The delivery will be made in digital form early week of March 27 and in physical form in Washington, week of April 3. Delivery will be accompanied by a press release and campaign on the networks.
Responsibilities and Resources needed: Carlos, Brenda and Luis are writing the document and it is in the conclusion stage. Omary John have read the document as part of the rigorous reviews. Norkys, Luis, several interns and the team in general have worked on the collection of articles and documents for the dossier. Volunteers are required for final revisions of the writing of the document. Volunteers are also required to make a final update and organization of the dossier, which may include photos and videos. Photos are required, if possible original or open license to accompany the document graphically. Maria Cecilia; Luis and others are currently preparing the campaign #SaludYA or #VzlaSaludYA as part of this project. See pending activities for more details.
Crisis humanitaria en Venezuela: exigentes medidas cautelares
Justicia Internacional actualmente trabaja en la actualización de un documento con el objeto de solicitar medidas cautelares en defensa del pueblo venezolano que permitan normalizar el abastecimiento de medicinas e insumos médicos, rescatar el sistema de salud, implementar un plan de control de epidemias y por sobretodo, promover en forma urgente acciones que conduzcan a defender, preservar y garantizar el derecho inalienable a la salud y el derecho a una vida digna de los ciudadanos venezolanos.
El objetivo fundamental y único de tan urgentes y necesarias medidas es preservar el derecho humano universal e inalienable que poseen los ciudadanos venezolanos a la salud, consagrado tanto en el artículo 25 de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos y en el artículo 12 del Pacto Internacional de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (PIDESC). Para más información ver http://www.justiciainternacional.org/nuestros-proyectos/item/56-dossier-crisis-humanitaria.
Se acompaña la petición con una extensa argumentación, con sus respectivas evidencias, incluidas en su mayoría como parte de la discusión de los hechos alegados y presentadas en su totalidad en un dossier anexo al documento.
La entrega se hará en forma digital principios semana de Marzo 27 y en forma física en Washington, semana del 3 de abril. Se acompañarán las entregas con nota de prensa y campaña en las redes.
Responsabilidades y Recursos necesarios: Carlos, Brenda y Luis vienen redactando el documento y está en etapa de conclusión. Omary John han leído el documento como parte de la revisiones de rigor. Norkys, Luis, varios pasantes y el equipo en general han trabajado en la recopilación de artículos y documentos para el dossier. Se requieren voluntarios para revisiones finales de la redacción del documento. También se requieren voluntarios para hacer una última actualización y organización del dossier, la cual puede incluir fotos y videos. Se requieren fotos, de ser posibles originales o de licencia abierta para acompañar gráficamente el documento. Maria Cecilia; Luis y otros actualmente preparan la campaña #SaludYA o #VzlaSaludYA como parte de este proyecto. Ver actividades pendientes para más detalles.
El Universal / Caracas.- In response to allegations of human rights violations related to student protests that intensified on February 12, lawyers Cristina Carbonell Parada, Gerardo Bello Aurrecoeche and Omar Arenas Pérez, in collaboration with Justicia Internacional, an NGO that promotes Human Rights, presented Demand on Thursday in defense of the right to peaceful demonstration, enshrined in Article 68 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The action that took place before the Constitutional Chamber of the highest organ of the Venezuelan judicial system was presented as a demand for collective and diffuse interests "on behalf of the Venezuelan people, of all those who exercise the right to peaceful protest ...", said the lawyer Cristina Carbonell. The lawsuit includes arguments demonstrating violations of the rights to peaceful demonstration, the right to personal security and physical integrity, the right to due process, as well as violations related to the issue of freedom of expression. According to the plaintiffs, these violations were perpetrated by the state security bodies (the GNB, the GNP and the SEBIN) that "recurrently resorted to acts of disproportionate repression against peaceful demonstrators."
The action also aims to denounce the actions of the Ministry of the Interior and Justice for being "the coordinator of the security policy of the Nation", indicates the delivered document. For his part, lawyer Omar Arenas, a human rights specialist, said that the suit included among the criminals the Office of the Ombudsman for "omitting the defense and monitoring of the rights and guarantees established in the Constitution" and the Office of the Ombudsman. Attorney General. Republic for "repeatedly omitting the investigation of notorious cases of repression and police brutality" during the recent demonstrations. Arenas, a collaborator of the NGO International Justice, highlighted the importance of these organizations, with an unquestionable responsibility in the field of human rights. "Carlos Suarez, director of International Justice, highlighted the excellent work that the NGOs Human rights at the national and international levels are playing out in the current Venezuelan crisis, so Suarez said that "soon we will be informing the different institutions of the international justice system about this important initiative that has been taken today in the area of human rights. In Venezuela".
Demandar al Tribunal Supremo de Justicia que proteja el derecho a la manifestación pacífica
El Universal / Caracas.- Ante las denuncias de las violaciones de los derechos Humanos relacionados con las protestas estudiantiles que se intensifican el 12 de febrero, los abogados Cristina Carbonell Parada, Gerardo Bello Aurrecoeche y Omar Arenas Pérez, en colaboración con Justicia Internacional, una ONG promotora de los derechos humanos, este jueves una demanda en defensa del derecho a la manifestación pacífica, el artículo 68 de la Constitución de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela. La acción que tuvo lugar ante la Sala Constitucional del máximo órgano del sistema judicial El venezolano tuvo como resultado una demanda de intereses colectivos y difusos "en representación del pueblo venezolano, de todos los que ejercen el derecho a la protesta pacífica ...", señaló la abogada Cristina Carbonell. La demanda incluye los argumentos de los derechos de manifestación pacífica, el derecho a la seguridad personal y la integridad física, el derecho al proceso, así como las respuestas al tema de la libertad de expresión. Un juicio de los demandantes, relatos de las violaciones de las leyes de seguridad de los estados de la ley del estado (la GNB, la PNB y el SEBIN) incurrieron en “de manera recurrente en los actos de representación desproporcionados a manifestantes pacíficos”.
La acción también está dirigida a denunciar las actividades del Ministerio de Interior y Justicia por el coordinador de la política de seguridad de la nación, indica el documento entregado. Por su parte, el abogado Omar Arenas, especialista de derechos humanos, La demanda general incluye entre los agraviantes a la Defensoría del Pueblo por "omitir la defensa y la vigilancia de los derechos y garantías en la Constitución" y la Fiscalía General de la República por "omitir de manera recurrente la investigación de casos notorios de represión Y brutalidad policial ”durante las últimas manifestaciones. Arenas, colaborador de la ONG Justicia Internacional, destacó la importancia de estos organismos, con indiscutible responsabilidad en materia de derechos humanos "actúen en forma expedita y eficiente". El gobierno está obligado a "resguardar, proteger y respetar el derecho al ejercicio de la manifestación pacífica", concluyó Arenas. Los impulsores expresaron su confianza en el TSJ. El TSJ debe proceder de inmediato "a restaurar las garantías al derecho a la manifestación pacífica consagrada en la constitución de la forma que en Venezuela se da la cabida en la expresión disidente y la pluralidad de opiniones propias de la práctica democrática", concluye el abogado Gerardo Bello en su exhorto al Tribunal Supremo del país. Por su parte Carlos Suárez, director de Justicia Internacional, resaltó la destacada labor de las ONGs de Derechos Humanos en una escalada nacional e internacional que está jugando en la actual crisis venezolana. Por lo anterior,
The ALA-S Network Project
Using Social Network technology for Education and Language Acquisition
In response to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Request for Proposals (RFP) for its "Immigrant Integration Strategy: Adult English Language Acquisition" grant, Justice International presents the following proposal to obtain underwriting for its Adult Language Acquisicion throught Social Network project (ALA-S Network project for short).
The ALA-S Network project was borned out of the accumulative experience of Justice International in language education. Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language. This evolution both at the classroom and in the technologies has brought us to a next step in the innovation process: The ALA-S Network project.
The goal of ALA-S Network Project (aka Panita program) is to create a social-network technology for language acquisition and education. This web-based technology will aim to promote collaboration among language teachers as well as cooperation among students in order to create a highly creative, dynamic, participatory and interactive language acquisition process. The technology will facilitate the creation of true learning communities. After presenting in the next section some background of our organization, and a brief introduction to origen and evolution of the project, in section II will describe in detail the ALAS Network learning technology, its components and its interrelation with the learning process of a new language.
In order to achieve these goals, ALA-S Network's initiatives will divide the operationalization of the project in 3 main areas of activities: Software Technology desing and development; the creation of content and basic knowledge bases; promotion of the ALA-S network technology through a well design pilot program and teacher training. We will elaborate on this main areas of activities in section III.
The use of social-network technology to enhance language learning, we claim, is not just a sophisticated technology to replicate standards methods of teaching over the INTERNET. Trough the evolution of the ALA-S Network vision we observe clear evidence of changes in the methalogic of the process od adquiring a new language: we have changed the actual learning process and we aim to further innovate in learning. Let us discuss further.
Justice International (aka Fundacion Justicia International) is a corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law. Its goals include: promote advancement and take positive action to further international justice through contributions aiming to develop and strengthen the system of international justice, through assistance services to international communities and the promotion of a global sustainable development for all.
Justice International is organized in divisions and programs: Human Rights and the International Justice System; Democracy and Election Monitoring; Environment; Assistance Services for International Communities (ASIC) in education (Programa Futuro), legal, communication (Panita Program) and others.
A main activity of Justice International is the promotion of democracy, human rights, and the development of an international system of justice. Justice International has lead several cases into the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and is currently promoting a International Workshop on Human Rights aiming to create a online Justice Network. Our Democracy and Election Monitoring Division has participated in more than 12 elections.
In Justice International, we believe that in this era of globalization, the concept of justice goes beyond the political and human rights aspects of International Justice. These aspects are fundamental, but social and economic justice are crucial both, as an element of international relation and the community of nations and, in relation to the phenomena of in ever increasing growth of international populations. In this sense Justice International has created programs addressing immigrant services: Programa Futuro (Program for the Future) a educational program for international communities and the Panita Program for communication and language adquisition.
Programa Futuro is an education-assistance program aiming to increase educational expectations, assist with High School graduation and college planning, and to create a positive attitude in students and families that allows them to pursue education as a way to improve their lives. Since its inception PROGRAMA FUTURO has reached a total population of 1400 adults and 1800 children (projects include workshops, tutoring, mentoring, online learning system) in northern California.
A constant in our activities has been the introduction of social innovations. Our Democracy and Election Monitoring Division pioneered a successful and innovative participatory management model for volunteers called Parliamentary e-Democracy. This direct democracy approach for the management of a confederation of civil society organizations an individual volunteers consisted in an online system designed to allow all volunteers to "sit" as an one vote parliamentary in a online system emulating the decision making cycle of a parliament. This system allowed for a very successful, inclusive and highly participatory management of 3000 volunteers for election monitoring in one region in Venezuela. The system was recognized with the "best regional performance" for the 2006 Venezuelan presidential election.
The preparation and capacity of our members and collaborators is one of the reason that explain our success as social innovator and entrepreneurs. Most of our members and collaborators speack fluently two languages and have graduate degrees from recognized institutions. Following a brief introduction to our Board of Directors:
In order to conceptualize the ALAS-Network learning system, this section will present its origin and evolution, as well as the forward-looking vision of its development. For clearer definition, we present in a separate section the actual plan of operation (see following section).
As mentioned in the introduction of the proposal, the ALA-S Network project was borned out of the accumulative experience of Justice International in language education. Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language.
We begin to innovate in language education as part of a mentoring tutoring program for the Migrant Education Program at San Francisco. In relation to this program, Greg Collins, dean of Newcomer High School of San Francisco says, "While teaching for our high school, Mr. Suarez developed mentoring and tutoring activities for the students of the Migrant Education Program, a federal program that helps migrant families with special needs. In the process Mr. Suarez showed initiative and creativity in achieving important goals for the students and the community. For example, he pioneered a project in which he taught English to our students using lyrics of songs that were currently popular amongst the students themselves."
Through a series of innovations in teaching methods and actual use of new technologies in the classroom, our teachers has transformed the way of learning a new language. These were the phases that our language adquision program has gone through:
This evolution both at the classroom and in the technologies has brought us to a next step in the innovation process: The ALA-S Network project.
The ALA-S Network project is an initiative oriented towards the facilitation of language acquisition and development of communication skills and cultural understanding among individuals living in highly-diverse and international communities. Specifically, the desire for integration and the improvement of the well-being of immigrants in Silicon Valley through the provision of tools, networks and programs that respond to the challenge of education in such a multilingual context have informed the Panita initiative thus:
To create a social network based technology that will transform the teaching and learning experience of English as a Secong language (ESL) and Vocational English as a Second Language (VSLE) in Silicon Valley. In particular, this new way of teaching and learning will aim to:
In order to meet its objectives, Justice International is already in the process of developing a multi-lingual social-network technology for language acquisition. The next step is the ALA-S Network project, which will add social network capabilities to the current Panita (Justice International) website. This web-based network will facilitate the creation of online/on-site learning communities, with a particular emphasis on adult learners of English as a Second Language (ESL) as stated above. ALA-S Network's social network technology will also provide the framework for a creative, collaborative tutoring and learning process that will be highly participatory and interactive in its nature.
A way to initially introduce the technology is by using a colloquial approach. We all know the immense success of websites such as Youtube, Wikipedia and Facebook, all of them active participants of the Silicon Valley experience. And we are familiar with their main contribution, and the key defining elements of their success. Youtube made available to millions a platform for the rapid dissemination, exchange, and enjoyment of audiovisual media. Wikipedia has vastly transformed they way by which we access and produce encyclopedic information, most notably in its collaborative approach to the creation of an online encyclopedia that transforms itself regularly with a literal world of contributions and updates. Facebook has simply provided individuals with the capability to create links between themelves and with it, has showed just the tip of the iceberg of what collaboration online might achieve in transforming our society. These three components --media, collaborative knowledge creation, and the capability of linking individuals into communities of interest --are present in our vision for the ALA-S Network Learning Technology:
The goal of the project is to develop the basic software infrastructure and evaluate the efectiveness of the ALA-S network for language acquisition through the development of a series of pilot programs.
The exclusive geographic target for this project is the Silicon Valley Communities. Given the flexibility and accessibility of an online technology the system will be widely available for the Silicon Valley individuals, through special offer that we will be promoted as part of this proposal. The target population for the pilot programs of the project will be low-income immigrants, enrolled in already existing English Language Courses in recognized institutions working in the Silicon Valley.
In order to achieve these goals, ALA-S Network's initiatives are divided into 2 main areas of activity:
Details and scheduling
memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing skills, which are vital to all learning.
- To developed a multiple language social network technology to facilitate the creation of online/onsite learning communities with particular emphasis in adult English language acquisition and education for English Language Learners. Panita social network technology will allow for a creative and collaborative tutoring and learning process for more participatory acquisition of English language skills.
Innovation and contribution:
About ALA-S Network:
Since its insertion PROGRAMA FUTURO has reached 600, mainly Latino, families, for a total population of 1400 adults and 1800 children (3200 individuals), through the promotion of local education achievement projects (projects include workshops, tutoring, mentoring, festival education stands, education call centers and others) in northern California. PROGRAMA FUTURO has trained and coordinated a multidisciplinary team of professionals to increase offer of tailor-made bilingual workshops.
This document is presented to the Government of California as part of a petition to acquire exempt status.
· The organization: Primero Justicia International
- Primero Justicia International: is a corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law.
- The goals of Primero Justicia International include: promote advancement and take positive action to further international justice through online networks aiming to develop and strengthen the system of international justice, through assistance services to international communities and the promotion of a global sustainable development for all.
- Divisions: Human Rights and the International Justice System; Democracy and Election Monitoring; Environment; Assistance Services for International Communities (ASIC) in education (Programa Futuro), legal, communication and others.
· The project: Programa Futuro Online
- Programa Futuro Online: is an education-assistance program promoted by Primero Justicia International, which aims to reduce the educational achievement gap between the Latino immigrant community and the rest of the population in the United States. Programa Futuro Online is a complementary program to on the field educational intervention program for bilingual populations.
- Programa Futuro Online’s goal is to increase educational expectations, assist with High School graduation and college planning, and to create a positive attitude in students and families that allows them to pursue education as a way to improve their lives.
- Results: PROGRAMA FUTURO online has collaborated with experimental ad-honorem pilot projects reaching around 350 students (projects include workshops, tutoring, mentoring online learning system) in northern California.
· Programa Futuro Online 2009-10 Expansion project:
- Goal of the project: The projects aims could be established in two folds:
▪ Goal A: To be able to assist 5 schools per academic year in California.
▪ Goal B: To begin full operation of tutoring activities using an ESL Online Learning system in the schools assisted in goal A.
- The project budgeting:
▪ For goal A: From previous experience we estimate that the average cost of an Education Achievement Project is a minimum of $ 1,800 in the State of California.
· Cost of 5 projects in California: $ 9,000
▪ For goal B: Data consulted suggested an average price for a subscription to an ESL online learning system ESL-OLS (in bulk) of around 5 dollars per student per month. We assume 50 students maximum (10 per school) for:
· Cost of 3 months ESL in 5 schools: $ 750
▪ Grant total: The total budget for the project is $ 9,750
- Current funding situation: up to the present clients has contracted the services of Fundacion Justicia International providing resources for the development of the education achievement projects, however the economic and budget crisis in California is making this pay-for-services approach more difficult. The projections for 2009 are very poor, so we will turn to grants in order to generate funding for our projects.
- R&TC 23701d/ IRS 501(c)(3) status and Future funding: we are hoping to be able to get grants and donations to fund the $ 9750 for our expansion project. We already have some promises for donations, but potential donors will not proceed until our organization gets the recognition as a tax-exempt entity by the Internal Revenue Service/Government of California. This is why we need an urgent approval of our R&TC 23701d and 501(c) (3) (we have applied to this last one already)
- Potential sources of donations and grants: we have plans to promote our PROGRAMA FUTURO ONLINE among entrepreneurs belonging to Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in California. We hope to be able to apply for a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (RFP due date 6/30/09).
Programa Futuro Online 2009-10 Expansion Project
from Fundacion Justicia International:
Proposal Presentation Document
Following we present a proposal that outline Fundacion Justicia International’s project to expand its educational program: Programa Futuro Online. In order to achieve this goal we will firstly introduce briefly our organization. Second, we will describe our education program in terms of its goals and features. The third section of this document describes our vision for the expansion of this so crucial program to satisfy the demands of an increasingly multi-cultural, multi-lingual, international, California. The last section of this document presents the alternative fundraising approaches in order to obtain the necessary resources to be able to accomplish the goals of the expansion project. This document is presented to the GOVERNMENT OF CALIFORNIA as part of a petition to acquire for exemption from California income or franchise taxes.
Fundacion Justicia International: (formerly Fundacion Justicia Internacional) is a corporation organized under the Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law.
The goals of FUNDACION JUSTICIA INTERNATIONAL include: promote advancement and take positive action to further international justice through contributions aiming to develop and strengthen the system of international justice, through assistance services to international communities and the promotion of a global sustainable development for all.
The specific goals of Fundacion Justicia International are to:
· Promote dialogue and understanding among diverse groups to encourage nonviolent resolution of conflicts and peace within particular nations and throughout the international community.
· Raise public awareness of, and take positive action to further international justice particularly with respect to: (1) the treatment and well-being of migrant, immigrant and cross-national mobile populations; (2) the defense of human rights and democracy, and (3) development of a system of international justice.
· Support and engage in education, research, publication, and advanced study of international justice, distributive justice, development, and other subjects to contribute to peace, justice and well-being among nations and peoples of the world.
· Provide diverse services (e.g. education, health, labor, immigration, legal) to migrant, immigrant, cross-national mobile populations and others requiring protection of international law (including refugees, asylees, displaced persons, etc.)
Divisions and Programs: The current divisions and programs of Fundacion Justicia International are:
· Human Rights and the International Justice System;
· Democracy and election Monitoring;
· Assistance services for international communities (ASIC):
- Education Program: Programa Futuro Online
- Legal Assistance Program: Programa Inmigrante
- Communication Program: Panita Program
Programa Futuro Online is a program promoted by Fundacion Justicia International, a non-profit organization, which aims to reduce the educational achievement gap between the Latino community and the rest of the population in the United States. We are a group of bilingual professionals, highly qualified and with first-hand experience in workshops, discussion groups, training, and organization of initiatives with and for the community.
Programa Futuro Online is present in California, particularly in those cities with a large Latino population. Through this program, we offer a wide variety of courses and seminars for parents and students in Spanish. Our objective is to increase educational expectations, assist with High School graduation, avoid undesirable dropouts, and affirm a culture of achievement in terms of a family’s educational aspirations.
Programa Futuro Online’s main goal is to create a positive attitude in students and families that allows them to pursue education as a way to improve their lives. We recognize that the participation of the whole family is fundamental in achieving such an objective.
Main Features of Programa Futuro Online:
• Promoting parent/student involvement, participation, and leadership
• Facilitating participatory workshops customized to sponsors’ and communities’ needs
• Promoting a variety of themes through high-level multilingual professionals with experience on migrant/immigrant education issues
• Focusing on the challenge of culture (biculturation) as a central issue for the migrant/immigrant family
• Counseling and tutoring for students utilizing a peer-to-peer cooperative approach
• Implementing procedures to encourage high turn-out and retention of program participants
• Cooperating with sponsoring educational agencies for evaluation and follow-up outcome tracking
As a group of professionals we are hoping to offer tailor-made workshops and educational assistance programs that will enable us to respond to the needs and goals of the community we serve.
Results: since its insertion PROGRAMA FUTURO has reached 600, mainly Latino, families, for a total population of 1400 adults and 1800 children (3200 individuals), through the promotion of local education achievement projects (projects include workshops, tutoring, mentoring, festival education stands, education call centers and others) in northern California. PROGRAMA FUTURO has trained and coordinated a multidisciplinary team of professionals to increase offer of tailor-made bilingual workshops. Among others, our professionals has participated in:
• Padres Migrantes como Lideres - Crianza y Cosecha de los Mejores Defensores de nuestros Hijos: Migrant Parents as Leaders: Incubation and harvest of the best advocators for our children, for CABE California Association for Bilingual Education.
• Reading and Math Workshop for Latino Families - Parent Involvement Workshop: at Portola elementary School, Livermore, California
• Liderazgo en Educación - Curso para Padres: Programa de Educación Migrante San Francisco (Leadership in Education - Workshop for Migrant Education Program Parents)
• Latino Student Achievement Program Workshop: Migrant Education Program - Cabrillo Unified School District
• Health and Wellness Workshop: Migrant Education Program Livermore Joined Unified School District
• Parent Involvement, College Success and the Education System in America: promoted by the MEP Region 1 Northern California at Emmanuelle Elementary School -Union City, California
• Parent Involvement, College Success and the Education System in America: promoted by the MEP Region 1 Northern California at Longwood Elementary School - Hayward Unified School District, California
• Parent Involvement, College Success and the Education System in America: promoted by the MEP Region 1 Northern California at Brier Elementary School - Fremont Unified School District, California
• Parent Involvement, College Success and the Education System in America: promoted by the MEP Region 1 Northern California at Milani Elementary School - Newark Unified School District, California
• Parent Involvement, College Success and the Education System in America: promoted by the MEP Region 1 Northern California at Cesar Chavez Elementary School - Ravenswood School District, California
• Mentoring and Tutoring Program: 3 years program for students of the Migrant Education Program, at Newcomer High School, San Francisco Unified School District, California
• Influencing with Integrity Communication Workshop for the Migrant Education Program coordinators of the Santa Clara Office of Education, California
• Panita program: Developed a special project to accelerated English learning through the use of music and other media for recently arrived migrant students at the Newcomer High School, San Francisco, California
For comments on the quality of the assistance provided to clients, please see attached letters of reference.
After working for two years promoting education achievement projects in northern California, Fundacion Justicia International is now involved in restructuring and expanding its activities and sources of income. This is the reason why we have launched the “Programa Futuro Online 2009-10 Expansion Project”
▪ Goal A: To be able to assist 5 schools per academic year in California (to recovery from the lost of projects as compare to previous years).
▪ Goal B: To begin tutoring activities using an ESL Online Learning system in the schools assisted in goal A.
Goal A: To be able to reach a total of 5 schools assisted per school year in California. In the past, Programa Futuro promoted around 6 programs per year, using resources provide by clients through organization-to-organization contracts. Today the numbers of programs has been reduced significantly, given the budgetary cuts in education in the State of California. This current year not contracts have been started yet. To achieve a total of 5 school projects this coming school year, Fundacion Justicia International is currently working in applications for grants from several sources, and promote support from directs donors to assure the financial resources required to achieve such a goal.
Goal B: To bring to full operation the ESL (English as a Second Language) Online Learning System through the consolidation of projects in those school districts where Programa Futuro Online will be assisting the migrant population. This goal aims to offer a cost effective system to help students and families to be successful in their insertion to the educational system in the U.S. through their English language development. It is important to emphasize that the Online Learning System is only a complement to the activities of tutors and mentors at locations.
The project budgeting:
The following is a brief description of the components and cost details of the expansion project for the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year (tax year 2009, first quarter of the academic year). The analysis is divided by goal:The expansion of Programa Futuro on the field (goal A) and the expansion of the operation of the ESL (English as a Second Language) Online Learning System – OLS (goal B):
For goal A: From previous experience we estimate that the average cost of an Education Achievement Projects is $ 1,800 in the State of California.
Cost of 5 projects in California: $ 9,000
Total goal A: $ 9,000
For goal B: Data consulted suggested an average price for a subscription to a ESL online learning system ESL-OLS (in bulk) of around 5 dollars per student per month. We assume 50 students maximum (10 per school) for an initial project from October to December of 2009. This implies:
Cost of 50 students subscribed to the ESL-OLS 3 months: $ 750
Total goal B: $ 750
Grant total: The total budget for the project is $ 9,750
Current funding situation: up to the present clients has contracted the services of Fundacion Justicia International providing resources for the development of the education achievement projects. However, this funding is not enough to satisfy the urgent need to expand Programa Futuro to more schools in California and in other states. Income for 2008 came primarily for tutoring and communication services for non-profit organizations and education and health workers to train them to communicate with the immigrant population (Panas Program: Spanish Tutoring). Previous years, our services went directly to schools that work with immigrant populations.
Tax-exempt status and future funding: we are hoping to be able to get donations and grants to cover for the 9,750$ required for our expansion project. We already have some promises for modest donations but potential donors will not proceed until our organization gets the recognition as tax-exempt entity. This document is presented to the Government of California as part of our petition to acquire tax-exempt status. We have been waiting for federal 501 (c) (3) approval for 2 years, but for reasons not condonable to us, we have not receive yet. We hope an expedite approval of our petition from the Government of California.
Potential sources of donations: we have plans to promote our PROGRAMA FUTURO among entrepreneurs belonging to Hispanic Chambers of Commerce through California. We are currently registered to apply for a grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, that specialize in the funding of programs similar to Programa Futuro. The dateline to acquire the exempt status for the Silicon Valley application is June 30th. We hope this is consider a good reason to grant an expedite approval process of our exempt status. We appreciate your consideration on this regard.