Raising Expectations:
Mothers and Daughters


When a 1992 report indicated that a Latina baby girl had less than a 1% chance of getting a college education, the Austin Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program was launched by the Junior League of Austin. What started as a program geared towards helping 6th grade girls stay in school, graduate and pursue a post-secondary education, grew to include Latinas in 6th-12th grades. In 2007, Con Mi MADRE graduated from a Junior League program to become a Fiscal Sponsorship project at Austin Community Foundation before fulfilling its goal to be a self-sustaining nonprofit organization.

The results are clear. Each year Con Mi MADRE provides services to 600-700 young Latinas and their mothers in the Austin area. 100% of seniors enrolled in Con Mi MADRE graduate from high school and 80% will be first generation college students.

To achieve their goals, Con Mi MADRE focuses on parent involvement which has 79% of girls reporting a stronger connection to their moms. The program’s holistic approach starts as early as 5th grade and helps build emotional skills, financial literacy, family support and civic engagement which spills into many aspects of the girls’ lives and into their own future. Honoring the cultural background of participants is another key element of Con Mi MADRE and includes bilingual programming and addresses needs specific to the Latina community.

The innovative, heart-centered approach of Con Mi MADRE changes lives, one mother-daughter duo at a time. It opens up a world of possibilities—not just for the girls enrolled in the program but for their families, their communities and for the next generation.

--Bernadette Noll