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Presentation by Latino U College Access. Presented at Westchester Guidance Expo on 10/21/13. "College Access for Latino Students" …

Presentation by Latino U College Access. Presented at Westchester Guidance Expo on 10/21/13. "College Access for Latino Students"

Discover ways to better serve Latino students and their families through the college planning process. This program will assist counselors in how to work with community based organizations, colleges, private sector and other agencies to better help and assist Latino students and their families through the challenges of entering college and graduating successfully. This program will explore college planning for Latino students from early access through successful college completion.

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  • Jamie Merisotis, President of The Lumina Foundation, gives a sense of urgency to the need to increase post-secondary education in America. This “is more than just a good cause, it is an urgent need – a national imperative” – our communities and local economy can only continue to thrive with an educated population
  • Westchester County Hispanic population increased by 44%. Every municipality in the county reported a gain in Hispanic population.7 districts Hispanic make up over 40% of student body
  • There does exist an educational gap. Many of our Latino students score lower in math and reading, challenged by reading and language skills as well as study skills.
  • But there also exists many perceptions that become barriers to our students.
  • A recent study by Stanford University Center for Education Policy Analysis concluded “the growing racial enrollment gap must be driven by changes in the college application – admission – enrollment decision process – not by changes in the relative academic preparation of white and minority students.” 
  • Even among equally qualified (3.5 GPA) students, equal scoring SAT levels , Hispanics and African Americans attend two-year institutions at higher rates.
  • We encourage school districts, guidance counselors and community organizations to join together, partner and collaborate
  • Deliver programs in Public Libraries, Schools, community centers. Conduct Spanish language information sessions for parental engagement.
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    • 1. Latino Students and College Access Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, MPA Founder, Executive Director Latino U College Access, Inc. . Guidance Expo October 21, 2013
    • 2. Mission • Increase college enrollment and completion among firstgeneration Latino students by providing equal access and guidance through education, outreach, collaboration and advocacy, enabling students to reach their full academic and life potential. (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 3. We Are Latino U! (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 4. US Education Crisis • International and Economic Threat - Not keeping pace with other industrialized nations. - Ranks 16th in post secondary attainment - Low skilled jobs have declined - Increasing wealth and educational gap (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 5. Education Crisis • US Attainment Rates – High School drop out rates : 30% – Since 1980 college enrollment increased by 50% – 41% complete a Bachelor’s degree – 12% Associate degree (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 6. Labor Forecast • By 2018 – Increased demand for higher-skilled workers – 63% of jobs require college – 22 million new workers with college degree – Shortage of 3 million workers Source: Next Generation Learning, Gates Foundation (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 7. 2009 College Degree Attainment 69.1% 70.0% 48.7% 60.0% 41.1% 50.0% 29.4% 40.0% 30.0% 19.2% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0% Hispanic 25 - 34-year-olds African American White Asian National Avg Source: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, 2010 (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 8. Population Growth by Race 250000 200000 White 150000 Hispanic 100000 African American Asian 50000 0 2010 2020 2030 2040 2050 (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 9. Growing Hispanic Population • 50 million Hispanics (+43%) • 56% of nation’s population growth • Young pop. 17. 1 million ( 17 yrs. or younger) – 89% US born / first-generation • Projected to grow to 143 million by 2050 (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 10. Largest Minority Among School Age • 24% of Public School Students • One in five students k – 12 • One in four among Kindergarten (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 11. Latino Youth America’s Future • National and Institutional Mandate – Increase college enrollment • Advance education of Hispanics – Advocacy and Research • White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics • College Board – Latino College Completion Agenda • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation • Lumina Foundation (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 12. Westchester County School Districts School District Total Student Population Hispanic Student Population % Hispanic Total District % Hispanic High School 9-12 % Hispanic Grades 1 -8 150,620 39,481 26% 25% 26% Port Chester-Rye Union Free 4,183 3,083 74% 71% 74% Tarrytowns Union Free 2,750 1,448 53% 57% 50% Yonkers City 25,568 13,490 53% 52% 53% Peekskill City 2,975 1,486 50% 38% 53% White Plains City 7,134 3,488 49% 46% 50% Ossining Union Free 4,490 2,107 47% 41% 48% New Rochelle City 10,889 4,515 41% 38% 42% Bedford Central School 4,419 1,005 23% 21% 22% Westchester County Total (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 13. Barriers to College Enrollment • Educational gap at elementary/secondary levels • Parental language and education • Socio-economic status limits resources • Employment needs • Family responsibility / cultural expectations • Limited college-going culture (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 14. Perception vs. Reality • Perception: If you are Latino you speak Spanish • Reality: 38% of US Hispanics prefer Spanish, 38% are bilingual, 24% prefer English. 51% of US born Hispanics prefer English • Perception: Most Latinos are new immigrants • Reality: More than 6 out of every 10 Hispanics in America were born here. • Perception: Latino families do not value education • Reality: 87% Latinos say a college education is extremely or very important. 90.7% of middle and high school Latino youth say they plan to go to college. Source: How Latinos are Changing America, Parade, 1/20/13 The Latino Agenda, College Board, 2010 (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 15. First Generation Latino Students – Lack sufficient knowledge about college process. – Going through process entirely on their own. – Lack exposure to college campuses or options. – Under apply: often enroll in less selective schools than they qualify for. – Nearly 2/3 of students don’t risk applying. – Opportunity Gap to access, resources and support (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 16. Access to Postsecondary Education • Since 1995 - 2009 – College enrollment has increased +32% – Hispanic enrollment + 107% – Enrollment in 468 most selective 4 year college increased +78% – Enrollment in open-access, 2 and 4 year colleges increased +21% Source: Separate and Unequal, July 2013 Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 17. Access to Postsecondary Education • Selective colleges spend 2 to 5 times as much as per student. • Higher spending leads to: – Higher college completion rates – Greater access to graduate and professional schools – Better economic outcomes in the labor market – Greater personal and social empowerment (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 18. The Need • Increase access to college resources and guidance that is culturally relevant and bilingual for Latino students and their parents. – Provide access and information about college search – Simplify and clarify application process – Assist and educate about financial aid process – Identify Latino targeted scholarships – Increase options and opportunities to ensure “better fit” schools. (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 19. Motivation to Succeed • Family • First in family to go to college • Parents value education • Emotional support • Sibling influence / role model • Culture • Pride in culture - bilingual and bicultural • Independence • Resist social pressure • Personal pride in accomplishment • Desire to surmount the odds (“superar”) (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 20. “It takes A Village” Family And Personal Goals Academic Support •Middle Schools •High Schools •Post-secondary institutions Latino Student Success Community Members •Volunteers •Mentors (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013 Community organizations •College Access programs •Libraries •Youth groups •family centers • Churches
    • 21. Goals of Collaboration • Increased reach, repetition, retention • Develop strategic relationships • Support partner efforts • Enhance use of resources • Address local needs of students (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 22. Student Programs Inform • Information Sessions in Spanish • “Pathway to College” • “Admissions 101” • “Paying for College” • “College Success” Guide • Student Workshops • SAT/ACT Prep • College Essay Writing • Common Application Boot Camp • FAFSA Boot Camp Support • Collaboration • High schools • Volunteer “College Coaches” • Mentorship programs • Post-secondary institution • Community organization (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 23. INFORM Parent and Student Presentations in Spanish – “Pathway to College” / “Pasos a la Universidad” (Grades 8 – 11) • Preparation and information to inspire college-going goals. – “Admissions 101” / “Ingreso a la Universidad” (Grades 11 – 12) • Simplify and clarify admissions process . – “Paying for College” / “ Ayuda Financiara ” (Grades 8 – 12) • Clarify financial and scholarship options and opportunities for Latino students. – “College Success” / “Exito en la Universidad” (Grade 12) • Provide tips, resources and advice to ensure college success. (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 24. Information Sessions • Proyecto Alcance • Ossining Public Library • Mt. Kisco Public Library • Ossining Central School District • Bedford Central School District
    • 25. Access to Information (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 26. GUIDE – SAT/ACT Prep • Offer sessions at a reduced affordable rate. • Address academic needs of Latino students. – College Essay Seminar • Develop unique story through cultural identity – Common Application Boot camp • Provide guidance and support to students in the preparation of their Common Application. • Support and utilize HS Guidance Department collaboration – FAFSA Boot Camp • Assist students and parents with the preparation and completion of the FAFSA and CSS Profile. (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 27. SAT / ACT Summer Tutoring (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 28. FAFSA Boot Camp • Recruited and trained volunteers • Ossining HS Computer Lab • Successfully assisted each of families that attended • Provided additional guidance to families requesting assistance. • Staff and volunteers participated in NYSHESC Financial Aid training session.
    • 29. SUPPORT 1. Collaboration with community organizations to reinforce and support HS Guidance Department efforts. 2. Volunteer “College Coaches” to provide one-on-one help. 3. Access to computer lab for college related needs. 4. Targeted list of Hispanic Scholarships 5. Low cost / free college visits for underrepresented youth 6. Virtual college and Hispanic college fair visits (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 30. “Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.” B. Disraeli (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013
    • 31. Questions? Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, MPA sabdirector@latinoUaccess.org www.latinoUcollege.org (c )Latino U College Access, Inc., October 2013