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youth education

The goal of the Youth services focus area is to empower Latino youth to achieve educational success. This work includes the Latino Youth Leadership Academy Mentoring Program; large-scale annual events La Feria de Educación Latina and the Latino Youth Leadership Conference; and advocacy to address Latino K-12 education access and in-state tuition for DACA recipients.


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Latino Youth Leadership Conference


Pathway To College (5-Part Virtual Series)


The LAA presents “Pathway to College,” a five-part virtual series for students and parents. Join us as we guide you through the process of choosing the right college, applying, sorting through financial aid and scholarships and navigating the path to your future career. We’ll see you for our first workshop on Jan. 14!

1. Choosing the Right College (January 14)

Finding the right college for you is not easy, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and rewarding. The college search process will teach you a little more about yourself and your goals and desires.

2. The College Application: Resume & Essay Writing (January 28)

Do you need to polish your résumé, or you don’t have one yet? Not sure how to write your essay for the Common Application? Register for the second workshop of the “Pathway to College” series. We will discuss both topics in this session, designed especially for high school students. Walk away with a draft of each and a step closer to completing your college application.

3. FAFSA 101 (February 11)

The FAFSA is an important document that every student should submit to receive financial assistance for college. During the third workshop of the “Pathway to College” series, you will learn about this form, how to fill it out, how to submit it and the requirements for families with mixed immigration status.

4. Money Talks: Financial Aid & Scholarships (February 25)

During the fourth workshop of the “Pathway to College” series, we will discuss the different options available to pay for college. We will cover student loans, grants and scholarships.

5. The Pathway: College to Career (March 11)

Join us for the last workshop of the “Pathway to College” series! We will explore the pathway to succeed in college and achieve your dream career.

Latino Youth Leadership Academy (LYLA)

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 six 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.

1:1 High School Senior Advising Sessions 

1:1 counseling is exclusive to seniors in the LYLA program and those students who have registered to the Pathway to College series. The one-hour sessions are to discuss the progress of the students during their senior year. It is important for the student to understand that they must have all of their high school credits or they will not be eligible to graduate and apply for college. We also take the time to explain to students the importance of requesting recommendation letters and to request their transcripts.

At times there are families who are concerned regarding their immigration status and that is where we emphasize that every child in the U.S. has the opportunity to still achieve higher education. We share resources for DACA recipients and share resources for undocumented students on how they can still apply for college. The funding may be different compared to a U.S. citizen but knowing that there are opportunities available, motivates the student and family as a whole.

Lastly, we answer any questions the students or parents may have regarding FAFSA status or applying for scholarships. Due to the pandemic, we try our best to accommodate our schedule to the student’s and family’s availability. We recommend and encourage students to register for the “Pathway to College” series.

Latino College Resources


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.


We also work with school administrators, teachers and other community organizations – such as Teach for America — in offering cultural competency training. These sessions are aimed at providing proven strategies for teaching Latino students and supporting their academic success. We believe that Youth Education is the key to success.

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