Twenty-one years ago, in a modest apartment in Dallas, realizing a million hopes and dreams, El Hispano News was born. At the time, the Hispanic population was a little more than half a million and the city had only one Spanish language newspaper. El Hispano News represented a necessary alternative and pioneered the way for other Spanish-language publications to enter the market. But, more importantly, the newspaper is an integral part of the life of the Hispanic families who rely on it for information, guidance and representation.
In 2006 to celebrate our 20th anniversary, we decided to create a program that would continue the newspaper’s tradition of community service. That was the genesis of our educational outreach initiative, Parents Step Ahead. This initiative is a program directed toward what we believe is vital for the success of our community: EDUCATION, in particular the participation of parents in the education of their children.
Parents Step Ahead has been a success thanks to the work and cooperation of an extraordinary number of people, institutions and corporations, all of whom recognized from the beginning the value of a program of this type. Included are the employees and teachers of the selected schools who volunteered their time and without compensation, and the local and national corporations that recognize that education is the key to a more promising future, and an appropriate avenue for their social responsibility contributions.