Mission/Goals/Objectives

                                                      

                                                                             MISSION/GOALS/OBJECTIVES


Mrs. Barbara Lee Higgins aspired to improve the economic efficiency of men, women, and youth in her hometown, county, state, and beyond.  She shepherded and encouraged others in their self-development, with the intended goal of the pursuit of education, job training, wellness, and confidence. She demonstrated that she embodied the traits of a Christian woman—that of a humble, servant-heart, selfless, kind, grateful, unprejudiced, and giving person.


This type of program or mechanism is to continue the efforts of Mrs. Higgins in the communities served to promote economic efficiency in Minority High School Students and their Families and gain their trust simultaneously. 


The Barbara L Higgins Legacy Corp (BLHL), was established to raise the academic and economic aspirations of minority youth and their families by showing them how to improve their standard of living and economic conditions through education, job training, and self-development. 


The Mission is to transform their lives by providing these youth and their parents with expert academic advice, support, and other assistance to expose them to the principles and guidelines for succeeding in life. Students will participate in workshops, seminars and informational media.

These efforts will exemplify values inherent in the philosophy of Mrs. Higgins, who encouraged all, "To obtain an education, serve others and follow the Principles of God…."


Goal:  Assist the Public Schools in Closing the Achievement Gap on Middle Grade Students….


Objectives:

  • To sponsor workshops for parents and students of Middle      Grade Students…
  • To recruit College students from University of Florida      and Santa Fe College to facilitate informal academic preparation for      students and parents…
  • To recruit Parents to provide information and      assistance to parent on ways to assist their children on academic      preparation and information and other matters concerning their children      career..
  • To match high-needs families with a community volunteer      focused on one-on-one mentoring.
  • To collaborate with a wide variety of community      organizations, churches, businesses to provide additional information and      assistance to Middle School students and parents…
  • To recruit workers in various fields to speak with      middle grade students and parents about careers…
  • To connect students with businesses and organizations      in the community that could offer internships or volunteer experiences…
  • To sponsor workshops for parents and students on      financing post high school education..
  • To create a directory to inform students and parents      about various career and education opportunities….
  • Recruit professionals to address major health issues      affecting the minority community…

The Barbara L Higgins Legacy Corp is located at 9116 Mountain Magnolia Drive, Riverview Fl 33578-8670; phone 813 657-8128; email hrpcmm@aol.com.


The above organization  have been engaged in the efforts of Barbara L Higgins since 2015.


Background

Numerous studies show that minority students are less likely than white students to have access to a full range of math and science courses necessary for college readiness. A report released by the Georgetown University center on Education and the Workforce states that admission practices and inequality in state education funding are creating two separate and unequal tracks to public colleges and universities.


Blacks and Hispanics are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math jobs, relative to their presence in the overall U.S. workforce’


Low-income and minority students continue to face significant disparities in access to quality educational opportunities and resources at the K-12 level – including access to services critical for college success, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.


A study: "UNDERSTANDING RACIAL INEQUITY IN ALACHUA COUNTY" Prepared by the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR); reveals the following:


"As portrayed by the quantitative data, greater disparities appear in terms of economic well-being, education,….

First, both the experts and minorities widely recognize that providing a high-quality educational experience for them will have a significant impact. A successfully educated resident will have a higher lifetime income, more and better employment opportunities, and is less likely to become involved with the criminal justice system.

Second, finding employment is often seen as a challenging task by minority residents. More jobs are needed that pay a living wage; more employers are needed who are willing to hire minorities,…"


The Alachua County Florida Public Schools, District Education Equity Plan reveals the following:

Alachua County Public Schools serves approximately 29,500 students and employs an  instructional staff of just over 2000. The district operates twenty-three elementary schools,  seven middle schools, and eight high schools. Approximately 44% of its students are  white, 34% are African- American, 10% are Hispanic, 5% are Asian, and 7% are identified  by the state of Florida as ‘Other.’ More than 66% of Alachua County’s students qualify for  free or reduced priced meals. Twenty-two of the district’s twenty-three elementary schools  receive some level of supplemental federal funding support under Title I, calculated by  economic need criteria.


While‌ ‌the‌ ‌district‌ ‌consistently‌ ‌receives‌ ‌a‌ ‌high‌ ‌rating‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌Department‌ ‌of‌ ‌ Education, ‌ ‌it‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌state’s‌ ‌widest‌ ‌achievement‌ ‌gap‌ ‌between‌ ‌white‌ ‌and‌ ‌ black‌ ‌students.‌ ‌African‌ ‌American‌ ‌students’‌ ‌performance‌ ‌on‌ ‌state‌ ‌and‌ ‌district‌ ‌assessments‌ ‌ is‌ ‌well‌ ‌below‌ ‌that‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌white‌ ‌peers ‌across‌ ‌all‌ ‌core‌ ‌curriculum‌ ‌areas.‌ ‌For‌ ‌example,‌ ‌the‌ ‌ results‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌2019‌ ‌Florida‌ ‌Standard‌ ‌Assessment‌ ‌(FSA)‌ ‌for‌ ‌English‌ ‌Language‌ ‌Arts‌ ‌show‌ ‌ that white‌ ‌student‌ ‌achievement‌ ‌ranked‌ ‌6th‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌state,‌ ‌while‌ ‌African‌ ‌American‌ ‌student‌ ‌ achievement‌ ‌ranked‌ ‌51st‌ ‌in‌ ‌Florida.‌ ‌On‌ ‌the‌ ‌math‌ ‌FSA,‌ ‌white‌ ‌student‌ ‌achievement‌ ‌ranked‌ ‌ 17th‌ ‌and‌ ‌African‌ ‌American‌ ‌student‌ ‌achievement‌ ‌ranked‌ ‌60th‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌state.


Alachua County Schools has a current achievement gap of 45 percentage points in ELA  and 44 percentage points in math between the percentage of white students scoring Level 3  or above and the percentage of black students scoring Level 3 or above on the Florida  Standards Assessment. According to 2019 results, 29% of black learners scored a level 3  or above in ELA and 28% scored a level 3 or above in math on FSA.


The academic achievement of African American and Hispanic students is consistently  below that of their non-Hispanic white peers, regardless of income. African American  students are underrepresented in Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate  (IB), Cambridge (AICE), gifted, magnet, and other academically rigorous courses and  programs.


Studies reveals that Parent engagement decreases as students’ progress through school. Parent engagement significantly decreases from elementary to middle school. 


The Barbara L Higgins Legacy Corp is committed to assisting in closing the Gap between Minority and Other students….


Please assist us in this most important cause….

                                                    


                                                    


                                                    


                                                    


  


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