Making College Dreams Possible for First-‐generation Latino Youth!
Leadership and Commitment
Latino U College Access Our Mission
Latino U College Access was formed by a group of dedicated and experienced professionals with lengthy careers in non-profit management, business and education. We each share a commitment and passion to the mission of Latino U. Together with the assistance of volunteers, community partners and collaborators, we are committed to ensuring that Latino youth attain equity and opportunity for a brighter future.
Increase college enrollment and completion rates among firstgeneration Latino youth by providing equal access and guidance through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy, enabling students to reach their full academic potential.
Our objectives and guiding principles are to: 1. Empower Latino students to participate fully in the college consideration and application process. 2. Increase post-secondary enrollment and completion of Latino students.
Bo ard of Directors v Founder, Executive Director - Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, MPA v President - Eridania Camacho, Assistant Director of The Gateway Center at Westchester Community College v Treasurer – Andrea Beltran Ruggiero, MPA, Director of Special Programs, Open Door Family Medical Center
v Secretary – Jamie Lulow, MSEd, Educational Consultant, Certified College Counselor
3. Increase access to financial aid and scholarship opportunities. 4. Enhance college-bound culture and engage parental support among Latino families. 5. Create a climate for real social change through education and community advocacy efforts.
Shirle y Aceve do Buont empo MPA, Fo under Execut ive Dir ector
Nelsida F ria s, Progra m C oordina tor
T am ara Bo net, C omm unicatio ns a nd S ocial Me dia
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“Upon the subject of education… I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” President Abraham Lincoln
America’s Future US Education Crisis Only 41.1% of 25 – 34 year olds have college degrees. By 2020, 64% of US jobs will require some type of postsecondary education. At the current rate of college completion, America will experience a shortage of 3 million workers.
Access, Opportunity, Success Current programs offered in local communities in partnership with local school districts and community organizations. The programs will comprise of three core practices: to inform, guide and support students.
Inform – Spanish language community presentations
Among Latinos only 19% of 25 – 34 year olds hold a college degree. Less than ½ the national rate and lower than all other ethnic groups.
Pasos a la Universidad / Pathway to College
Ingreso a la Universidad / Admissions 101
Ayuda Financiera / Paying for College
The Future of America
Exito en la Universidad / Achieving College Success
Latinos are the largest and fastest growing minority population in the US. They represent 16% of the population in the US. This is a young population of 17.1 million under the age of 17 that represents 24% of public school students and one in four Kindergarteners. The future of our country and its educational needs depends on the academic success of Latino youth. However, Latino students often lack access to resources, support and guidance. Most students go through this process entirely on their own, and often under-apply or don’t take the risk of applying to college. Helping Latino students meet these challenges is necessary to achieve their dreams of going to college… and this is essential to America’s growth and success.
Guide – Student workshops and prep sessions •
SAT / ACT Prep
Essay Writing Seminar
Common Application and FAFSA “Boot camps”
Support –Volunteer “coaching and mentor opportunities •
Volunteer “College Coaches”
“Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another” GK Chesterson
Partnering For Success
You Can Help Fulfill Dreams!
A Special Thank You to Our Collaborators and Supporters
Your help can make college dreams a reality for firstgeneration Latino youth! v Donate – give a donation to fund programs and workshops.
Collaboration is a key component necessary to achieve student success in a community. As they say “it takes a village.” We seek to continuously establish collaborative partnerships with public school districts, higher education institutions, libraries, community organizations and local businesses. National organizations have joined us to provide increased resources and materials, expertise, enhance public awareness and advocacy of our efforts. We could not fulfill our mission without the support and encouragement of our founding collaborators. For their support we are extremely grateful and appreciative. • • • • • • • • • •
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Bedford Central School District Ossining Central School District Ossining Public Library Mt. Kisco Public Library Proyecto Alcanze, Ossining Westchester Community College, Gateway Center Pace University Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship ALPFA, New York
v Volunteer - share your experience and expertise by volunteering to assist with Latino U programs and workshops in the school and community. v College “Coach” – serve as a volunteer college “coach” to assist a student with applications, essays, or test prep.
v Mentor - expose students to careers and college by mentoring a student within your organization. v Sponsor – invite your organization to become a corporate sponsor to fund programs and outreach efforts. v Partner - collaborate with us to bring programs to your community.
v Host - a gathering at your home or office to introduce and support Latino U College Access.
Aspirations and Goals 90% of middle and high school Latino students say they plan to go to college. What they often lack is the experience, information and resources needed to successfully participate in the process.
Advisory Council The Advisory Council is made up of key community members, agency and corporate leaders who share their experience and expertise to support the mission of increasing first generation Latino college completion rates.
Ruben Barato, PhD, Acting Director of Counseling, Student Judicial Affairs, Westchester Community College Grace Beltran, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach Open Door Family Medical Center Patti Ivry, MSW, LCSW, Director Executive Forum Western Connecticut State University Alice Joselow, Coordinator & Chair Ossining Communities That Care
Contact Us F or mor e informa tion a bout La tino U Colle ge Access •
Stu de nt Progra ms and Se rvices
C ollabor ativ e Pa rt nership O p po rtunit ies
C orpora te and C omm unity Sponsorships
Advisory Co uncil Member ship
Plea se co ntact : Shirle y Aceve do Buont emp o, MPA Exe cu tive D irector firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 648-0239 / (914) 980-6359 (mobile)
Ellen Rodriguez, President & CEO French Connection Holdings, Inc. Lisa Strick, Founder, Chief Idea Officer IDEA Bungalow Melissa Torres, Managing Director Prudential Financial, Citigroup Dolores Vidal-Roy, MSW, Co-Founder Latino Providers Adrienne Viscardi, Director of ESOL Bedford Central School District
Student Voices “My fa ther sacr ifice d e verything for us. I feel lik e I ow e it to him and I want to ma ke him pr oud.” Miguel L. “My mo ther did not finish her degre e…. I aim to finish so that her har d wo rk can cont inue thro ugh m e.” Lisette M .
© 2012 by Latino U College Access, Inc. All rights reserved
Introductory pamphlet providing details on Latino U programs, Board of Directors, collaborators and volunteer opportunities.