The LUCERO Program creates a positive connection for Latino/a students to develop exceptional academic, leadership, and professional skills while celebrating culture. “Lucero” means morning star and brilliance, which describes their students’ journey at Lansing Community College (LCC) from their first day to graduation or transfer to a 4-year university.

From 2008 to 2010, Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) evolved and is the only Latino youth program in Kent County designed to promote the educational success of the entire family through innovative and culturally responsive engagement activities. The community surrounding the Hispanic Center is severely underserved, 76% are Latino and 63% have less than a high school diploma.

Excelencia's work on expanding Latino human capital for America's workforce led to a partnership with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW) located in Ann Arbor, MI. CSW is a national, non-profit organization with major policy and practice areas in human capital initiatives, business and industry strategies, and community initiatives.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Learn More

The Kresge Foundation is a $2.9 billion private foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development.

In 1971, two Detroit social services agencies, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Inc. (LASED) and New Detroit, Inc. jointly founded the Latino en Marcha (LEM) Leadership Training Program.