Stay In School, Fool!

Sometimes it’s not that simple

School is out for the summer, but the staff of Liga MAC, the San Jose non-profit that helps low income families, still has education on the brain. They are busy reviewing the files of the more than 400 recipients of Liga MAC's ACE scholarship program.

ACE provides tuition fees, mandatory uniforms and school supplies to students in good academic standing who are in jeopardy of leaving school because of financial hardships at home. In Mexico, 42% of high school students drop out before 12th grade.

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Of the 400 students in the ACE program, 69 have finished middle school and are moving on to high school. Another 68 have completed high school and seven graduated from college.

To be accepted into the ACE program, students must be recommended by school social workers or administrators. Once accepted, students and their parents have to sign an agreement with Liga MAC to provide report cards, participate in Liga MAC’s community service projects and attend lectures and classes hosted by Liga MAC.

Each year, the student files are reviewed and updated by Liga MAC and school authorities. Students register in July, where files are maintained, by school, for each student. At registration, students are provided with vouchers from local stores for school and sports uniforms, shoes and school supplies. Students’ tuitions are paid as well. The average cost for tuition, school supplies, uniforms and shoes is approximately $425 USD per student per year.

Low income is one of the main reasons students have to drop out of school in Mexico. Way too often kids have to quit to take care of younger siblings so the parents can work. Liga MAC's commitment to helping students in good standing whose families struggle due to financial restraints is stronger than ever. If you’d like to donate, visit the Liga MAC website at www.ligamac.org, then click on Support Us.