The Bronx Institute - ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education)

New York
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College Prep


The vision of the Bronx Institute is to foster and promote equity and excellence in K-16, by involving administrators, teachers, parents and the students themselves in a high quality program that supports and enhances the educational opportunities of the students. The Bronx Institute Latino Collegiate Society serves as a catalyst for bridging the gap between Latino students' reality and their dreams and aspirations. The ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society creates a college-bound culture among cohorts of 50 academically promising, economically challened Latino students and helps them successfully apply and matriculate into a prestigious postsecondary institution. Students are provided with an accelerated and rigorous curriculum, Regent SAT, ACT test preparation, cultural enrichment, an enriched and project based program, civic engagement, a strong post-secondary focus, a nurturing, motivating and supportive environment, a cohort of comparably talented peers, and in depth college search. The program has been in existence for 5 plus years and provides services for cohorts of 40 to 50 students. The Bronx Institute supports programs in youth development, professional development, and research. The Bronx Institute has more than 50 full and part-time staff members.

Program Description

The ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society Project goals are to: 1) ensure accountable, and competitive and rigorous instruction for Latino students, 2) parental, family and community engagement, 3) system(s) change and institutional policy reform. The objectives of the ENLACE Collegiate Society is for students to graduate from high school with honors and advanced New York State Regents Diplomas, prepare for and apply to top programs at top public and private universities, and have students aspire to leadership positions in careers in which Latinos are traditionally underrepresented.


Graduates from the first cohort of the Bronx Institute Latino Collegiate Society are currently at colleges and universities finishing their freshman year. Of the 48 students in that cohort, all are in colleges which span from the State Universities of New York, the City University system, to MIT, Cornell, Hobart William Smith, Boston College, Wesleyan University, NYU, Columbia, Haverford, among others. Students received more than $2 million in scholarships.

2012 update:

  • 100% of the class of 2011 is currently enrolled in 4-year colleges or universities.
  • 100% of all ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society alumni (class of 2006) enrolled in 4-year institutions have graduated/persisted as of the spring 2012 semester.
  • ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society alumni (classes of '06 and '11) enroll in 4-year colleges at more than 4 times the national averages for Latinos (aged 18-24).
  • 100% of ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society alumni graduate from high school and enroll in college immediately following graduation.