Farmworker Coordinating Council receives grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to help increase the education levels of farm workers' children

Friday, August 2, 2013
Lake Worth, FL - After a successful first year of the Bringing Resources and Information to Develop Gains in Education (BRIDGE) Program, the Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County, Inc. (FWCC) received a $50,000 grant from The Jim Moran Foundation to continue implementing the program. BRIDGE was partially funded in 2012 with a $15,000 grant from the Town of Palm Beach United Way. This program was designed to create a pathway for children of farm workers, their parents and educators to raise academic achievement levels, reduce the dropout rate, and close the educational gap that exists between farm worker children and the rest of the student population. The program's goal is not only to increase student academic outcomes but to work closely with parents and promote involvement in their children's education.

There have been several studies that show a disparity in dropout rates and school performance for children of farm workers compared to the national average. The Interstate Migrant Education Council found that the rate of school enrollment for farm worker children is lower than any other group in the country. The BRIDGE program will help address these challenges in meaningful ways and improve the quality of life for farm worker families.

The mission of the FWCC is to promote self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life of migrant and seasonal farm workers through education, advocacy and access to services. For additional information about the FWCC and the BRIDGE program, please visit their website at www.farmworkercouncil.org or contact them at (561) 533-7227.

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $40 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.