TORCH aims to improve the high school graduation and postsecondary participation of youth who are low-income, Latino, and/or potential first-generation college attendees. TORCH started when community members came together out of concern over the graduation rate for Latino youth in Northfield – only 27% of Latino youth were graduating from high school.

College Match focuses on high achieving high school students who are low-income and primarily Latino/a. This year, College Match provided comprehensive college access services to more than 700 low-income students in 23 high schools.

An in-depth research study  found that, although several academic programs were available in Waukegan, none included parents in their programming. Waukegan to College (W2C) began with bi-lingual one-on-one counseling and workshops for parents and students. Tutoring and mentoring were added later that year.

The Encuentros Leadership College Preparatory Academy was created in response to the growing Latino male achievement gap in higher education. The overall purpose of the Academy is to significantly close the college achievement gap for Latino males. In California, the best and brightest Latino males accepted into the UC system as freshmen experience the highest dropout rate, at over 80%.

Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) creates a college-going culture for Latino families in an area with a history of low educational attainment. BLCI gives students comprehensive college-prep services such as tutoring, career exploration, and college application guidance.

College Forward provides intensive, culturally-appropriate mentoring services to propel Hispanic students to collegiate success. With a goal of building and sharing effective solutions, they collaborate with other practitioners across Texas and the U.S.

Founded in 1987, PIQE operates nine parent development programs to teach parents how to navigate/impact the school system and promote meaningful interaction/partnerships between parents, schools, and educators. They aim to help children improve their academic performance and graduate from high school by informing parents what classes and tests their children must take to prepare for post-secondary education.

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