Actor Edward James Olmos spearheads donations request to help “Stand and Deliver” teacher Jaime Escalante

Actor Edward James Olmos spearheads donations request to help “Stand and Deliver” teacher Jaime Escalante


If we were to name the top five all-time family favorite Latino films, a list might include: La Bamba, Real Women Have Curves, Mi Familia, Selena and -- Stand and Deliver.


Who could forget the teacher Jaime Escalante, played by Edward James Olmos, who inspired a classroom full of East LA kids to believe they could learn calculus?

What made the film such a hit was that it was a true story and there was a real Jaime Escalante taking Latino kids under his wing and showing them that with faith in themselves and hard work they could accomplish a lot.

Jaime Escalante

From the film, we all learned about Maestro Escalante and his desire to take backstage while letting the spotlight shine on his students. Well, now it's Jaime Escalante's turn to take center stage.

The actor Edward James Olmos has released a letter telling fans of the movie that Jaime Escalante, Kimo to his friends, needs the kind of help that can't be found in a textbook but only a checkbook.

...Jaime didn't just teach math. Like all great teachers, he changed lives. Gang members became aerospace engineers. Kids who had spent their youth convinced their lives didn't matter discovered they were leaders.

Now, Kimo needs our help. He is seriously ill, and the treatment he needs has depleted all the funds his family can raise. They did not want to ask for help, but we took it upon ourselves to get the word out to all the country and around the world, to make his final days as comfortable as possible - and maybe even give him a chance to beat the cancer that has afflicted him.

I have been moved to tears to hear of the circumstances of this great man and am calling for a last National Understanding of his selfless contributions to "making a difference in this world."

To Help:

Send a check payable to:
"Friends of Jaime"
c/o FASE
236 West Mountain Street, Suite 105
Pasadena, CA 91103

For questions call: 626-793-5300 or e-mail -

Now, it would seem it's our turn to Stand and Deliver!

View Comments (2)


  1. Edward James Olmos

    March 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    You can also donate by going to my web site and going to the section I have on raising funds for Jaime.
    Many thanks for your support and concern for this great american hero.
    Edward James Olmos

  2. Panchito gomez

    March 9, 2010 at 9:40 am

    It is now the time to give Mr.Escalante the support and prayers that he well deserves.I’m sure that even during these hard times that may have affected many of us, we can find it in our hearts to dig just a little deeper in our pockets to at least help the Escalante family with the finances needed to ease thier already tough and difficult burden they have.From the bottom of my heart and that of family, we pray that God will take care of Jaime and his family

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Causes

Prodigal Daughter

Crowdfunder: Sharing via film a journey from undocumented immigrant to successful artist and citizen

Latina ListaJuly 27, 2015

Crowdfunder: Bringing fresh air to consumers and a fresh start to world’s orphans

Latina ListaJuly 23, 2015

Crowdfunder: Racing the seasons to get a roof built for Honduran medical center

Latina ListaJuly 22, 2015

Crowdfunder: Preserving the only surviving remnant of Little Spain in NYC

Latina ListaJuly 21, 2015

Crowdfunder: Helping students weed out sweatshop conditions in farm fields attend 2015 Encuentro

Latina ListaJuly 20, 2015

Crowdfunder: True life story of Chicano rock legend Little Willie G

Latina ListaJuly 16, 2015

Crowdfunder: Girls Engineering Change

Latina ListaJuly 15, 2015

Crowdfunder: Shining a spotlight on reforming the criminal justice system

Latina ListaJuly 14, 2015

Crowdfunder: Lifting the shame of mental illness among people of color through photos

Latina ListaJuly 13, 2015