Abriendo Puertas (AP) works to increase college access for Latino students in the Mid-South. They provide weekly after school meetings at five partner high schools in Shelby County. They follow a national curriculum called Escalera, created by UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza).
The Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute (MTBI) is embedded in ASU’s Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center to connect the center’s education-through-research mission directly to trans-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the mathematical sciences.
The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP) was founded to increase the number of minority, first generation, and low-income students that enter higher education. Since its inception, it has expanded from a one-year to five-year program that recently began accepting male students and fathers. HMDP has served 2,285 parent-student teams for a total of 4,570 participants.
The Transitions Program at Dominican University (DU) began in 2004 to prepare minority students to succeed in college and has been crucial to the academic success of Latino students at DU. Every year, 20 to 30 Latino students who do not meet the university’s admission requirements, due to a GPA and ACT score lower than 2.75 and 21 respectively, are admitted through Transitions.
Launched in Spring 2008, College Connect (CC) is a family-based college access and success program. Each fall, CC recruits high school juniors who live or attend school in the Mission District (which has some of the lowest performing schools in California), will be first-generation college students, are on-track academically, and have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Established in 1996, the College of Southern Nevada High School (CSNHS) provides high school students the opportunity to attend high school on a college campus while also taking college courses for dual credit to facilitate the successful transition from high school to post-secondary education. CSNHS is a partnership between the Clark County School District (CCSD) and the College of Southern Nevada (CSN).
Adelante is a volunteer-based program that began with twice monthly, Saturday mentoring and enrichment workshops to 25 middle-school students. It now serve 135 students across seven programs weekly, including: Mentoring & Enrichment, After School Tutoring programs, College Readiness, Ambassadors, Bellarmine Academy Martes, and TJX Scholarships.
Reality Changers began in 2001 with just $300, four 8th graders, and the belief that college changes everything, especially for low-income, Latino youth. Today, Reality Changers has over 1,600 alumni and 1,600 annual participants. Reality Changers has three programs: College Town, College Apps, and the Alumni Network. The programs are designed to help students in grades 8 through 12 become college ready.
In 2007, Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) was founded with a mission to mobilize Latino professionals to speak in schools as role models for Latino youth. HISPA’s key program, the HISPA Role Model Program (HRMP), began in 2008 in New Jersey. HRMP sends role models to public schools with majority Latino enrollment (85% of students in the HMRP program are Latino), targeting grades 5 through 9.
In 2001, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) created the Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success to promote economic mobility for Latino youth by eliminating barriers to basic and advanced education and employment. Escalera targets youth who display high potential for success but, because of academic, financial, or familial reasons, may be at risk of not graduating.