¡Adelante Latina!

¡Adelante Latina!
Institution
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. In the summer, students attend a one-week residential college prep camp at Notre Dame of Maryland University and participate in paid summer internships. 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! prepares students for college admissions and scholarships. 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. 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 32 students.

Outcome

  • The number of participants has increased from 12 to 32 in seven 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.
  • 93% of participants have transitioned to higher education institutions.
  • Average SAT improvement of 80 points.
  • 90% of participants attended and took on paid summer internships.