The Santa Ana Partnership was formed in 1983 by Santa Ana College (SAC), UC Irvine, CSU Fullerton, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), and the City of Santa Ana to elevate academic achievement and the college-going rate in one of the country’s most densely Latino populated cities (94% in the K-12 population, 78% in the city, and 60% at SAC). Santa Ana ¡Adelante! is the latest initiative of the Santa Ana Partnership.

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.

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