If you would like to have more of a say in future areas of improvement for the Hispanic population Austin, and you’ve been meaning to get more involved, now is your chance.
The First Community Forum for the Hispanic Quality of Life Initiative will be on Education, next Tuesday, February 24, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Stephen F. Austin High School.
The Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Initiative begins with four community forums held across Austin in North, East, South and Central locations during early spring. These forums will focus on four areas or designated themes: Education, Economic/Business Development, Healthcare and Cultural Arts/History/Enrichment.
The initiative seeks to address the following questions:
- Is the quality of life for Hispanics in Austin markedly different from the quality of life experienced by Hispanics in other cities?
- Is the quality of life experience by Hispanics significantly different from the quality of life experienced by the rest of Austin and other demographic groups?
- Is the City of Austin providing program services, financial assistance and other opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Hispanics?
Why is this initiative so important?
- With a purchasing power of about $8 billion in Central Texas, the region has become one of the top 25 Hispanic markets in the country.
- The key to Central Texas’ future rests on in its ability to develop a skilled workforce, and the growing Hispanic community must be part of that talent pool. If the problem of educating the Hispanic community isn’t addressed, then the region as a whole will suffer.
(The above two links are from the ABJ’s Central Texas Growth Summit series.)