MILKA DUNO ……joins with DFW area business leaders to fight teenage pregnancy and high drop out rate among Hispanic girls
Dallas, TX- In preparation for her Indy Car race at the Texas Motor Speedway, Latina celebrity Milka Duno stopped by the offices of attorney John R. Salazar to present her new Milka Way Charity foundation to community and business leaders. The Milka Way Foundation will specifically address the needs of young Hispanic women and the problems they face with teenage pregnancy and the high drop out rate at school, which at present is close to 50% in the DFW Metroplex area.
One of community leaders who attended the event was Hector Flores, Immediate Past National President of LULAC, who made the observation that one of the high schools in Arlington, TX has 168 Latina students who were pregnant. “Essentially one of the big problems the Hispanic community is facing is children having children”, exclaimed Mr. Flores. “Most urban schools now have day care facilities to take care of babies while their mothers go to high school classes.”
Milka Duno is a fiercely determined Latina woman that has chosen one of the only sports in which women and men compete on the same terms. Through her new foundation, Milka will promote the importance of getting a good education, hard work, preparation and fighting against the odds. Milka is an immigrant to the United States from Venezuela, and is a great role model for education. She has four Master Degrees and is proof that with studying and hard work anything is possible.
“I hope to be an example to all young Hispanic girls that they can achieve their dreams” said Milka Duno. “But studying, staying in school and getting a good education is an essential part of their lives and will open up all types of opportunities for them in the future. This is something that their families will also have to be involved in, and part of my efforts with the new Foundation is to interact with mothers and fathers directly at the schools.”
Later on that evening, Milka Duno was joined by attorney John Salazar, his wife Eva, Victoria Negrete from The Cartel Group in San Antonio, and other business leaders at the Texas Motor Speedway for the Indy Car race, where Milka placed 18 out of a field of 27 cars that raced.