Focus Area Goal
Case Statement


Youth Mentoring Program

The Latin American Association’s Latino Youth Leadership Academy offers a mentoring program for 150 ninth, tenth and eleventh and twelfth graders in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties who are currently participating in our youth program. College students, civic leaders and professionals are invited to serve as mentors, working with Latino youth to develop leadership skills, answer questions about college, offer career guidance and provide academic and social support.

Latin Youth Mentor   Latin Youth Mentor Latin American

Mentor Expectations

  • Mentors must make a nine-month commitment (from September 2016 until May 2017) to meet with their mentee a minimum of two times a month after school or on weekends
  • Mentors and mentees will be matched according to gender, interests and personality traits
  • Mentors must attend a mandatory mentor orientation and a meeting with the family of the mentee on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 or Saturday, October 8th, 2016
  • Mentors must chedule a minimum of two meetings per month in advance
  • Mentors must work closely with the program managers, providing activity logs, updates and feedback
  • Mentors must maintain communication with mentee and follow through on commitments
  • Mentors must serve as a resource and source of support for assigned mentee

All mentors must undergo a background check prior to being matched.

How to Apply

Please complete an application by clicking here.  You will need to provide your contact information, a résumé and references, and you must also submit two essays.

The first cohort of mentors will be notified in August 2016 regarding next steps.

For more information, please contact Rigoberto Rivera at 404.638.1810 or

Become a youth Mentor

Latino students drop out of high school at higher rates than their peers, and they are also less likely to attend a four-year college full time. According to the Pew Research Center, young Hispanics are less likely than their white counterparts to enroll in a four-year college (56% versus 72%), they are less likely to attend a selective college, less likely to be enrolled in college full time and less likely to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Our Youth Programs Department staff works closely with students, parents, teachers and school administrators to help reduce the Latino dropout rate and make sure that Latino students see college as a viable and affordable option.

From year-round academic programs at various schools in the Atlanta metro area to an annual youth conference that motivates Latino youth to pursue post-secondary education, we offer the tools and resources to help Latino youth succeed in school and in life.

Latino Youth Leadership Academy (LYLA) for Grades 6th through 12th

Research shows that engaging Latino youth and their families in school leads to better student performance. The year-round Latino Youth Leadership Academy initiative, offered now at five metro Atlanta schools with a high percentage of Latinos, provides middle school and high school students with an after-school program that teaches them skills needed to succeed in school and college; leadership development; cultural and physical activities; test preparation and academic support; digital literacy; and college and career exploration through field trips, career days and mentorships. Parent involvement is a critical component of this initiative.

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Annual Latino Youth Leadership Conference

Each fall, hundreds of Latino middle and high school students, parents, teachers and volunteers come together at an Atlanta-area university campus for a daylong gathering centered around motivating Latino youth to finish high school and go on to college.

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The Latino College Leadership Alliance (LCLA)

The Latino College Leadership Alliance is a new Youth Programs initiative that seeks to empower Latino college students and young professionals through leadership development and civic engagement. This program provides participants with meaningful service-learning opportunities aligned with the mission of the Latin American Association. Participants engage with middle and high school students and advocate on issues that matter to Latino youth. The Latino College Leadership Alliance aims to develop leaders that serve as role models to the younger generation.

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College Access Workshops

Our staff conducts several college access workshops each year for high school students and their parents focused on topics such as applying to college, getting financial aid and succeeding in college.

 Cultural Competency Training

We also work with school administrators, teachers and other community organizations – such as Teach for America — in offering cultural competency trainings. These sessions are aimed at providing proven strategies for teaching Latino students and supporting their academic success.

La Feria de Educación Latina

This one-of-a-kind event is the largest education fair for Georgia’s bilingual community, drawing more than 3,000 Latinos from metro Atlanta and beyond. The event is organized by the LAA, Welcoming Atlanta, Univision 34 Atlanta, MundoHispanico and Atlanta Public Schools board member Jason Esteves.

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Latino Youth Leadership Conference