1. The greatest need that limits our ability to serve more youth and families is a lack of funds.
3. In 2018-19 we will have to move to another
campus for our Northside school; funds are being sought for the acquisition of land and/or buildings for this purpose.
4. Each of our three major programs have inadequate facilities. Our charter school campus urgently needs to expand to the third floor so we can serve more middle and senior high students in a more effective manner. Cost estimates are $800,000.
AAMA’s Sanchez Charter School has provided innovative
programming with wraparound services, personalized academic approach, as well as engaging and rigorous curriculum.
Sanchez Charter School in the East End educates Houston’s traditionally underserved East End community Latino youth, many of whom have failed academically within the traditional public school setting due to problems related to substance use, pregnancy, limited English proficiency or other social and behavioral factors. Sanchez is comprised of 86% at-risk, compared to 50% statewide.
Sanchez school district includes two campuses, one located in the East End of Houston and the second in the Northside of Houston. Our campus in the East End of Houston serves grades 6-12 as well as pre-kindergarten and the enrollment is less than 800 students.
This program consists of several different facets through Prevention, Intervention of Substance Use and Infectious Diseases and the Treatment of Substance Use. The Minorities Action Program (MAP) consists of not only educating Latinos that are at high risk of contracting HIV/Aids, and other infectious diseases, on safe sex practices but providing resources to those already affected with these diseases. Individuals are also offered the opportunity to be screened for HIV and a number of infectious diseases. Individuals with a positive HIV status are provided case management services to reduce barriers across the continuum of care. Additionally, counseling services are provided to those afflicted with substance use, youth and adults alike, by Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors. Clients are educated on the addiction process, skills to overcome the debilitating disease, problem solving, effective communication, coping with triggers and dealing with cravings. The services consist of two different settings, residential and outpatient. Residential programs target ages 13 to 17, and require a 90-day stay at our facilities, in which the youth are supervised 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Outpatient services consists of individual, group and family counseling services, several times a week. In addition to these services, the Prevention and Counseling department offers in-school prevention education for elementary, middle and high school students to preclude the onset of the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and to foster the development of social and physical environments that promote healthy and drug-free lifestyles.
The Adelante program serves over 1,000 adult students a year, through English acquisition classes and GED preparation classes in English and Spanish. Adult education students are aspiring and motivated, and many have taken their English language skills and GED diplomas to educational institutions in the surrounding area to continue their educational and career goals. GED preparation courses and ESL classes are offered at four locations in the Houston area, Monday-Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Adelante also offers a workforce readiness component such as a medical business office professional certification program in partnership with Houston Community College.
As the new President and CEO at AAMA – the first thing I hear from communities and other leaders I meet is that AAMA is “Houston’s biggest secret”! We want to be a secret no longer. Challenges exist in the area of fund raising and cash flow. Fund raising is critical to us because it allows us to fund our mission while we evaluate different service lines to grow into. With continued reductions in grants and monies coming in – it makes it more difficult for us to operate as an organization. We have managed to maintain a solid rainy day fund, but we must continue to generate more unrestricted funds to effectively grow the organization. We have several events throughout the year that engages volunteers and community partners in helping AAMA reach its goals. Our potential is HUGE. With a main campus that has over 700 Pre-K, Middle School and High School students and a North Campus that has 100 kids in Middle School – clearly the “need” for what we do is there. Now we have to align our fund raising and donor networks to help us grow in other areas in Houston. The future for AAMA is bright. We need to be in at least 3-5 areas we have addressed a need in, while expanding our service lines towards a system of self-sustainability. Long-term goals include creating and maintaining an endowment fund for AAMA in the future – allowing us to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
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AAMA has provided services in the Houston East End community for 47 years. Our mission of addressing the needs educational needs of Latino at-risk children couldn’t be more relevant today that it was 46 years ago. We have a tremendous opportunity to address these specific, many times “individual” needs of each one of our students – yet revenue we receive per student to educate them is simply not enough to cover the overall costs. We serve the kids no one else wants to serve. If not for AAMA, these kids would be school drop-outs or in worse situations. We educate them and help them graduate from high school and beyond.
Our biggest challenge is meeting our financial needs to continue the mission moving forward. As expenses grow and our revenues drop, we are highly dependent on grants and donor sources to help us fund our mission. While we address the needs head on, we continually fund raise. With the hiring our of new Development Director Debbie Ortiz we expect to apply for many more grants and develop donor networks to whom to share our story in order to help AAMA impact the lives of the children, youth and the families we serve.