The Kemper Foundation’s Read Conmigo program awards $150,000 to bilingual educators in the Los Angeles area

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Kemper Foundation announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $150,000 to support bilingual educators in the Greater Los Angeles area. These grants are the first in the Kemper Foundation’s new Read Conmigo program, which launched earlier this year, and the grants represent a key part of the program’s commitment to advancing education by supporting programs and educators. elementary Spanish-English bilinguals.

Grants of $3,000 were awarded to 50 recipients for educational resources, tools and materials, and professional development. Read Conmigo grants focus on building bilingual literacy skills and improving learning opportunities for Latino students in the classroom. Recipients were selected based on their application and proposals submitted by a panel of Kemper Foundation directors and Foundation partners, including the California Association of Bilingual Educators.

“We are very pleased with the enthusiastic response to the launch of the Read Conmigo program,” said Barbara Ciesemier, President of the Kemper Foundation. “This underscores not only the importance of these funds to help advance bilingual education, but also the continued need to ensure classrooms are supported. The Kemper Foundation is more than proud to be able to provide teachers with the opportunity to bring their vision to life to make an impact in their bilingual classrooms and, ultimately, in their communities.

The Kemper Foundation will award up to 100 grants of $3,000 each year in two grant cycles to eligible bilingual Spanish-English educators in public and charter elementary schools. The first cycle of Read Conmigo was launched in five counties in the Greater Los Angeles area. The program is expected to expand to additional markets in the United States for the spring 2023 grant round.

To learn more about the Kemper Foundation and Read Conmigo, visit the Kemper Foundation website.

About the Kemper Foundation

The Kemper Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Kemper Corporation, focuses on supporting charitable causes and organizations supporting education, health, and community development. Through financial support and employee volunteerism, the Kemper Foundation aims to make a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work.

About Kemper

The Kemper family of companies (NYSE: KMPR) is one of the nation’s leading specialty insurers. With approximately $14 billion in assets, Kemper improves the world of insurance by providing affordable, easy-to-use personalized solutions to individuals, families and businesses through its Auto, Personal Insurance, Life and Health brands. . Kemper manages more than 6.2 million policies, is represented by approximately 34,500 agents and brokers, and has approximately 10,400 associates dedicated to meeting the ever-changing needs of its customers. Learn more about Kemper.

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