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Girl Scouts of the USA and Partners in Hispanic Education Co-host Education Fair for Hispanic American Community

Event aims to provide the Latino community with educational tools and resources to improve children's education.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 21, 2004

CONTACT:
Ursula Castrillon
Girl Scouts of the USA
(212) 852-8132
ucastrillon@girlscouts.org

New York, NY—Girl Scouts of the USA, together with Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande, MANA, A National Latina Organization, State Farm Insurance, and Partners in Hispanic Education will co-host Feria Educativa, an education outreach event for Hispanic American families, at the University of Texas at El Paso on April 24, 2004. The conference is one of several nationwide events from Partners in Hispanic Education, of which Girl Scouts of the USA is a founding member, to empower Hispanic American families to become stronger advocates for their children's education.

"The Feria Educativa is one more step in the continuing commitment of Girl Scouts to celebrate and empower Latina youth," says Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "Our work with Partners in Hispanic Education has been an important vehicle in reaching Hispanic American families to promote the benefits of education and providing Latina youth with activities and resources necessary to reach their goals."

Girl Scouts of the USA partnered with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans in July 2003 to launch Partners in Hispanic Education, a strategic alliance of the nation's leading Hispanic organizations, corporate leaders, and national private entities with a shared goal of improving education for Hispanics in the United States.

The goal of the initiative is to equip families with educational resources. The alliance works with local communities to reinforce positive expectations that include educational excellence, academic attainment, parental involvement and awareness, academic preparation, mentorship, engagement of the business community, accountability, and enrollment in college.

The Feria Educativa will be held at the University of Texas at El Paso's Magoffin Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 24, and will feature speakers, panel discussions, and workshops designed to provide the Latino community with educational tools and informational resources. Parents, superintendents, principals, teachers, students, concerned community members, and organizations in the El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico areas are invited to the free event and can register by calling (915) 566-1558.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.8 million girls and adults. Now in its 92st year, GSUSA continues to help cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. In Girl Scouting—and its special girls-only environment—girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. 92 Years. Girl Scouts. Still Growing Strong. Visit us at www.girlscouts.org.

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