Sabor Montclair! A Tasty Fundraiser to Support MFEE’s Navegadores Escolares

Join MFEE in supporting its newest program and the newest families in Montclair Public Schools.

Sabor Montclair celebrates the unique “sabor” that our Latinx community members bring to Montclair. Our familias have helped design the event which features tasty take-out meals that can be purchased on October 30th. Your ticket for dinner includes a tasting platter for one, but most importantly, it is a donation to help fund and grow Navegadores Escolares.

In just three months, MFEE’s Navegadores Escolares program has expanded quickly to support 60 Montclair Public School students, and it is anticipated to continue to grow. Until now, families and students have been navigating school and community on their own. In systems that operate almost exclusively in English, non-English-speaking parents in Montclair face many barriers to meaningfully engaging and supporting their children. Students face barriers to accessing the education and fundamental resources to which they are entitled.

While the district is intent on addressing the needs of our rapidly growing population of English Language Learners, institutional change can take time, and our children need support now.

That’s where Navegadores come in. MFEE has recruited and trained a powerful posse of over thirty Spanish-speaking community members and matches them to provide one-on-one holistic support to each familia. Navegadores help with everything from registering students in school to helping parents navigate the online portal, to attending meetings with teachers and counselors, to connecting parents to health, housing and food resources. They also connect students to community programs that nurture their talent for art and sports.

Additionally, MFEE provides regular community building gatherings and workshops to nurture self-advocacy among las familias.

When urgent needs arise, MFEE is piloting initiatives that can be adopted by the district in the future. For example, we have launched an after-school bilingual tutoring program which will offer academic and social emotional support to students three days each week.

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