Achievements from June 1998 - December 2001
383 participants: 85% women; 15% men
310 participants attended to family education, ESL/GED
16 participants have obtained GED certificates; 54 participants
are pursuing GED certificates.
85 participants have benefitted from innovative computer skill workshops.
50 Latino parents have participated in two Waltham schools focus
8 participants took part in research on gender issues and made power
point presentations to the community.
16 participants took part in proposal writing and leadership workshop.
The proposal submitted obtained funding. Breaking Barriers will
look for non-profit status.
Impact on Latino Women and Men
90% of participants are working in full- or
part-time jobs; 10% are in training and education programs.
Participants are strategizing short, medium and long term career
Participants are becoming involved in the community and volunteering
at grass-roots organizations.
Latino parents of two Waltham schools are interested and becoming
more involved in their children's education.
1 Breaking Barriers participant is now working as a bank teller
after successfully completing her training at Citizens Bank.
Impact on Children and Families
Latino children have greater access to day
care, pre-school, after school, and lunch programs.
30 participants attended first time homebuyer's seminars and 20
Participants are becoming role models for their children and the
Participants benefitting from other outreach programs related to
health, legal services, after school programs, parenting and other
12 Latino children attended the after school programs.
Around 1400 family members indirectly benefitted.
Impact on Community
The Power Program developed new models of program
delivery: more intensive ESL classes and the provision of GED in
Christ Church Parish started an after school program for Latinos.
Marist Missionary Sisters is offering computer skills training to
low income citizens.
Waltham Public Library, together with volunteers of the Breaking
Barriers project, offered a Spanish reading program for children.
2 Waltham schools participated in a program to promote Latino parent