Grade checks are distributed once to twice a month. The directors and academic counselors collect these and then inform the students of their eligibility requirements and holds advisory meetings. Parent surveys are distributed and collected every three months. Participation/attendance is constantly updated.
The Salinas and Alisal Community suffer from issues such as; poverty, high dropout rates, gang violence, lack of positive role models, language barriers, childhood obesity, and lack of free and safe learning environments. The Cesar Chavez Futbol Academy (CCFA) addresses each of these issues, and develops more successful individuals and a stronger community. The Cesar Chavez Futbol academy is the only 100% free option to play a sport and provide academic support and guidance in Monterey County. We use soccer as tool and incentive to perform better in school and reach for higher education. In Salinas with a population of almost 151,000 where 75% are Latino, 60% of the families speak Spanish, and 42% are under the age of 25, it is important we provide our community members with resources and programs which they want and will gain advantages from (U.S. Census Bureau 2010). Our program provides bi-lingual instruction on the soccer field and in the classroom in order to accommodate and properly serve the large Latino demographic. The Latino population has the highest high school dropout rate in the country, and in the Monterey County the dropout rate has nearly doubled in comparison to their white peers recorded at 13.5% (California Department of Education 2012-2013). Of those dropping out in their secondary education 19.1% are English Learners, 14.2% are Economically Disadvantaged, and 12.3% are Migrant Students (California Department of Education 2012-2013). This demographic of students is the essential core of our participants and who we primarily serve. The Salinas Union High School District has 88% of its campuses placed under the State of California’s Project Improvement Plan (PI). Also, Alisal High School saw only 5% of their graduating seniors enroll in a community college and only 2% enroll at a four year college or university. The CCFA will address this demographic of people and these issues directly by providing instruction and support from directors/coaches/trainers who all have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and an understanding of the requirements to obtain higher education. Our program will significantly increase the enrollment of Latino students in colleges and universities, as each academy member understands and strives for the goal of going to a four year university and obtaining a degree. Some parents are not familiar with the college process and have not earned a high school diploma themselves, so we at CCFA provide guidance, as well as creating safe learning environments for them to learn life skills and practice healthy lifestyles while working towards higher education.