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IBERO WILL AWARD A RECORD NUMBER OF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS IN 2017

86 STUDENTS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AT IBERO’S ANNUAL GALA ON SATURDAY, JUNE 17: SPONSORED BY VISION AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Ibero is pleased to announce that 86 high school seniors will receive a college scholarship in 2017, a 34 percent increase compared to the 64 scholarship recipients in 2016.

Scholarships are provided through Ibero’s scholarship program and come from Ibero’s endowment fund, the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Monroe Community College, and several other organizations, businesses, and individuals.

“We began this program with eight scholarships back in the nineties. The reason we are able to provide so many more scholarships now is because of our partners in the community who see the successful results from our work,” says President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher. “They know we are capable of bringing about profound change and building a stronger community for everyone who lives here.”

One of this year’s new scholarship providers is The ESL Charitable Foundation, which has provided a grant that will provide scholarships for 20 students.

“The ESL Charitable Foundation is pleased to support the Ibero College Scholarship program,” said Ajamu Kitwana, the Foundation’s executive director. “Education is key, if individuals are to succeed, and achieve prosperity. Our growth and development, as a community, depends upon our ability to educate our youth and to cultivate them for positions of leadership. The Foundation’s gift to the Ibero American Action League is s one way we can help invest in the future of our youth, and ultimately, in the future of our community.”

While Ibero serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds, the dual-language nonprofit also specializes in targeting the Latino community. One area of focus is education.

“Now is the time to invest in these amazing students. We must ensure that they can access the educational opportunities necessary to reach their full potential as the future innovators and leaders of our society,” says Director of Youth Services Luis Burgos.

Revenue from the Annual Gala Featuring Hispanic Scholarship Recipients will support Ibero’s Early Childhood Center at 777 Clifford Avenue in Rochester, a center that serves as a national model because of its award-winning program.

“We involve parents in every aspect of their child’s development and education, from establishing the curriculum to being a part of the hiring process and organizing activities. Our staff works with both children and parents to help them each achieve their goals as individuals and as a family,” says Director of Children and Family Stability Services Ida Perez.

Highlights of the Early Childhood Center include:
• Parent engagement rate of 95 percent
• Tele med office (in collaboration with the University of Rochester) that conducts a preliminary diagnosis of a sick child so parents do not have to miss work
• On-site nutritionist and full-service kitchen that provide healthy meals as part of the center’s focus on health and wellness
• Strong PTA that is included in all aspects of the center’s program, such as setting the curriculum, hiring staff, and organizing activities

The annual gala on Saturday, June 17 will take place at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center starting at 5:30 pm. It will feature three emcees: WROC-TV anchor team Maureen McGuire and Adam Chodak, and Emeterio (Pete) Otero, a retired dean from Monroe Community College, long time educator and community advocate. The evening will feature entertainment by the Mambo Kings and a “live” auction that includes an autographed hockey stick donated by Rochester native and Sabres’ captain Brian Gionta.

Seats can be reserved by making a payment through http://iaal.org/donate/how-to-donate/ or by emailing iberoevents@iaal.org.

Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that serves individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds with the unique ability to target the Latino community. 

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For Immediate Release

IBERO LAUNCHES NEW LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL SERVICES PROGRAM
TO ADDRESS GROWING NEED OF DUAL-LANGUAGE SERVICES IN GREATER ROCHESTER REGION

SPANISH CLASSES FOR BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATONS, AND INDIVIDUALS WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 AT IBERO’S MAIN OFFICE

The Ibero American Action League (Ibero) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Language and Cultural Services program due to high demand from the local market. In addition to Spanish classes, the list of program services also includes: translations, interpreting, cultural competence training, focus groups, and public relations/marketing plans.

The new program falls under Ibero’s award-winning Office of Development and Communications, which received two awards for its dual-language work in 2016 from the American Marketing Association and Public Relations Society of America Rochester chapters.

“For the past several years, numerous organizations, businesses and individuals have contacted us about their interest and need for these services. With the exception of medical interpreting, Ibero didn’t offer any other fee-for-service. So we started to develop a program to meet those needs, which also helps us in our own efforts to be competitive in the world of nonprofits,” says Director of Development and Communications Tricia Cruz-Irving.

Revenue from the Language and Cultural Services program will help support Ibero’s other programs, primarily its successful Early Childhood Center at 777 Clifford Avenue in Rochester.

“Our Early Childhood Center now serves as a national model because of the milestones that our staff is able to achieve with both children and parents. We have educational leaders from other states visit our center so they can learn about the program and try to replicate it. Because of its success, we have a waiting list and need to expand our program,” says Ibero President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher.

Instructors, translators and interpreters for the new Language and Cultural Services program are highly qualified, experienced, and certified native Spanish speakers. Their fluency in both English and Spanish reinforces the unique asset that Ibero has in the community as the only full service dual-language human services agency.

“The option of being able to come to Ibero for language and cultural services is a unique opportunity for students and vendors because we work directly with the Latino community. We can teach them what they need to know directly from our own experiences. Of course, it’s also important to remember that we do serve individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds. We are an inclusive agency that works with everyone to build a stronger community,” says Cruz-Irving.

While translations and interpreting have been ongoing at Ibero, the first round of Spanish classes will begin on Wednesday, May 17 at Ibero’s main office at 817 East Main Street in Rochester. The first session will be for six weeks and serve as an introductory class for students of all levels. Weekly classes are 1.5 hours and $40 per class. Group rates are available.

Students will be invited to practice their Spanish skills at Ibero’s Annual Gala featuring Hispanic Scholarship Recipients on Saturday, June 17 at the Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. We will have a conversational area set up for this purpose. Seats can be reserved through http://iaal.org/donate/how-to-donate/

For media inquiries or additional questions, please contact Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications via email: patricia.cruz-irving@iaal.org or by phone: 256-8900 (office), 261-5117 (cell).

Established in 1968, the Ibero American Action League (Ibero) is a dual-language human services agency that builds stronger families and greater self-sufficiency among individuals of all ethnic backgrounds. We prepare children for school, provide academic and social support to youth, work with families and individuals with developmental disabilities. Please visit www.iaal.org for additional information on our programs and events. 

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It's time for Spanish after Work! Join us for a six-week introductory class starting on Wednesday, May 17th. See below for details. 
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One of the most important and rewarding jobs done at Ibero is helping hard working youth achieve a better future. Which is why once a year we hold our Annual Gala awarding scholarships to exception high school seniors to celebrate their accomplishments.

This years gala sponsored by Vision Automotive Group is only about two months away and you're invited! Come out and help support our future leaders! RSVP via www.iaal.org or by calling 256-8900. 
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The Children’s Agenda is hosting a Parent Forum tomorrow. Such a great event! Ibero will be interpreting for Spanish speaking families. Hope to see you there!
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Have you heard about Ibero's Cultural and Language Services? We now offer translations, interpreting, and Spanish classes!
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We are excepting scholarship applications from extraordinary high school seniors until next month! Email iberoevents@iaal.org for an applications!
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We’ll be rolling out the red carpet with Maureen McGuire, Adam Chodak and the Mambo Kings for our annual gala.
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What's ahead for 2017? Three emcees for our annual gala: McGuire, Adam Chodak & Pete Otero, a community fair broadcasting live from #ROC & much more! 
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