The Goizueta Foundation, founded by Cuban-American and Yale graduate Roberto C. Goizueta back in 1992, granted the YMCA USA $5.8 million to increase “early learning and afterschool programs for Hispanic and Latino families, with a focus on those from underserved communities.” The foundation
aims to support educational programs that promote sustainable change and have a long-term impact in the community. Its mission is to assist organizations that empower individuals and families through educational opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.
This grant comes after the Goizueta Foundation funded a YMCA’s research program that targets Latino families that found that:
This is the second time that the YMCA receives such grant from the Goizueta Foundationfor fostering community outreach. Back in 2007, the Y received $2.7 million for another pilot program called Welcoming Hispanic Families into YMCA Early Childhood Education and Care at five Y program sites in Georgia.
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The Goizueta Foundation is an example of how a successful businessman did not forget his roots and origins. The late Mr. Roberto Goizueta exemplary selflessness inspires us all to give back and never stop. Our community needs it desperately in the wake of so many budget cuts affecting early childhood programs across America. Our hearts are filled with joy knowing that thousands of Hispanic/Latino families that really need the assistance will have where to turn to for help.
As the Goizueta Foundation‘s slogan says “Educate yourselves. Educate each other. Educate the world”.