interviews LALDEF: Education and Citizenship in New Jersey

Emil Ekvardt from recently interviewed LALDEF as part of their ‘ Talks With…’ podcast. This series is an antidote to negative news stories that aims to shed light on organizations and experts whose work is making a positive impact on the world.
Listen to the whole interview to find out how LALDEF is one of many organizations across the United States fighting for human rights:
Within immigrant families, young people can often act as a bridge between cultures - they may have driver’s licenses, established friend groups through school and speak the local language - unlike their parents. Sacrificing school time to assist family members with translation or transportation is very common, but detracts students from the classroom. In this episode, Lorraine Goodman talks about LALDEF’s education persistence programs, immigration assistance and community building in Mercer County, New Jersey.
New Jersey has the seventh highest population of immigrants in the United States. High school graduation rates among immigrant and first-generation American families in Mercer County are 50%, while high school graduates going on to achieve college degrees is five percent. Simultaneously, the rate of unemployment for the same communities is nearing 32%. Lorraine Goodman explains how providing students with the resources to succeed in school is an important step towards integration and a reduction in unemployment.
LALDEF serves an integral role in promoting the rights of immigrant communities and fostering an inclusive ideal of community across the United States. is an organization that is changing the way people think about charity, development, and organizations. They’re leading the next generation of charitable giving with their completely remote and radically transparent team. Find out more here:

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