¡Adelante Latina!

¡Adelante Latina!
Institution
Adelante Latina
State
Maryland
Academic Level
Community-Based Organization
Issue Area
Access
Key Personnel
Program Focus
College Prep,
Females/Latinas

Overview

The mission of ¡Adelante Latina! is to help 10th-12th grade Latina high school girls in Baltimore City public high schools overcome the socio-cultural, economic and academic barriers they face in pursuing a college career. A free, after-school, three-year, college preparatory program, ¡Adelante Latina! strives to improve high school performance through interaction with expert teachers and caring tutors, with an emphasis on reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing skills and SAT preparation. The goal of ¡Adelante Latina! is for all participants to be accepted into either a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university with adequate financial support.

Program Description

¡Adelante Latina! is small that tracks students all the way through college. Each student has her own private tutor who, if possible, stays with the same student for all three years in the program, and continues to mentor the student during her college years. Most of the tutors are older, retired, professional women who are extremely engaged with their student and have the time and knowledge to help with English vocabulary, reading and comprehension. They also provide individualized math tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a year-round SAT program at the local library on Saturday mornings. Each graduating senior who goes on to college is provided with a one-year $3,000 scholarship. The program prepares students for college admissions and scholarships. They must maintain a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate competency in English, ambition, leadership potential, and have a supportive home environment and a passion for learning. The program began with 12 sophomores and has added a new sophomore cohort each fall. Now in its 6th year, they serve 29 students.

Outcome

  • The number of participants has increased from 12 to 29 in five years 
  • Student retention within the program has improved from 25% for the Class of 2016 to 80% for the Class of 2017 and a projected 83% and 80% for the Class of 2018 and Class of 2019, respectively.
  • The 2018 cohort started with 12 sophomores and ended with 9 seniors.
  • The 2019 cohort started with 12 sophomores and will end with 8 students.

For the class of 2016, they started with 12 students, 4 graduated, 4 went to college. 2 remain in college. For the class of 2017, they started with 10, 8 graduated. All accepted in college, but one chose to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor. In June, 9 students will be graduating, all have been accepted to institutions of higher learning with large scholarships.

In over three years, 80% of students have increased their high school GPA. The minimum required attendance rate of 80% was achieved by all but one student in 2016-17.