“41% of Hispanic female high school students do not graduate on time with a standard diploma.”
“Latinas have the highest teen pregnancy and teen birth rates of any racial or ethnic group—almost twice the national average. Approximately 53% of Latinas give birth at least once before age 20.”
“Latina adolescents attempt suicide at twice the rate of non-Hispanics and experience suicide ideation at the highest rate of 26%.”
L.O.V.E. supports and empowers young Latinas to strive both in school and in life by providing positive role models.
L.O.V.E. vision is that all Latinas graduate from high school, attain higher education, and live successful lives.
The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program works in partnership with organizations, universities and public schools, whose mission is to enhance the well–being of young girls and Hispanic communities in New York. The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program recruits volunteer female university students to support, guide, and be a role model to young Latinas during their high school years. Through a series of structured mentoring and group activities that concentrate on personal empowerment, developing study skills, and college access, the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program aims to provide a space in which young Latinas can learn how to strive personally and academically through positive reinforcement, consistency and understanding.