Convening and Engaging Our Community
On March 18, 2011, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley released the first Silicon Valley Latino Report card to a gathering of over 300 community leaders who stood ready to go to work. The results? A mix of good news, challenges, and a roadmap for potential long-term solutions to some of the challenges facing Silicon Valley. The Latino Report Card was compiled from existing and original research and grades five quality of life areas for Latinos – Education, Health, Financial Stability, Housing and Environmental Sustainability.
The release of the research and the community gathering built around it, come on the heels of the release of 2010 U.S. Census data that showed a Latino population of 661,000 in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, totaling 26% of the population of Silicon Valley. Today, one in four people living in Silicon Valley are Latino and in just thirty years, Latinos will be the region’s largest population group.
The Silicon Valley Latino Report Card is the first document to provide a “baseline” of information about the quality of life for Latinos in Silicon Valley. These results must now inspire engagement and fuel action towards the well-being of Latinos and all Silicon Valley residents. The top-line results of the first ever Silicon Valley Latino Report Card were given letter grades A through F. However, under each grade, the report provides sub-grades on individual aspects of each topic. The Report Card also chooses an element to “spotlight” under each topic –drawing attention to issues that are not typically discussed in relation to Latinos, but are important to their well-being.