From its early beginnings in Los Angeles to chapters in Fresno, Sacramento, Madera, San Diego, and throughout the state, AMAE has grown over the past fifty years, through periods of activity and periods of reflection, to include as many as forty chapters. Chapters are an integral and crucial part of the AMAE statewide network providing local input and resources to the issues which the state addresses. The state organization, in return, provides the collective power and expertise to deal with decisions affecting education throughout the state.
Today, AMAE has earned respect and recognition in educational circles and has the ability to influence and change the history of educational neglect for our communities. We are involved in all aspects of education from migrant education to gifted education, from bilingual education to foreign language instruction, from administration to legislation, and from administration to legislation, and from community to political issues which bear on education. AMAE also recognizes and appreciates the support districts, organizations, and the individuals who have actively addressed these concerns and are working for quality education for our students.
AMAE Benefits of Membership
AMAE membership is composed of dual state and local benefits. Local activities enrich the particular education of Mexican American/Latino students in your area, while state activities work to improve the overall educational opportunities statewide. Whether local or state, AMAE provides you:
~A feeling of camaraderie based on common goals, a “familia educativa” in which you are a part throughout the state of California.
~A forum for exchange of ideas and opinions on educational issues which affect Mexican American and Latino students.
~A network of educational and Latino organizations to inform and support you – newsletters, journals, and information relative to your interests.
~Opportunities to develop leadership and organizational skills and contribute to your community.
~A voice and vote in educational decisions and the direction of the association.
~Reduced fees for the annual conferences.
~Invitations to AMAE sponsored activities.