LAYC’s College Access and Retention programs help high school students prepare for college and succeed once enrolled.

Escalera helps Latino youth, starting in their second semester of their junior year, graduate from high school, prepare for college, and make informed plans for their careers.

Bard College at LAYC is a nine-month program in the humanities. Course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

Post-Secondary Success Program helps college students stay in school, thrive while they are there, and graduate. Participants receive a $1,500 scholarship.

New Futures Scholarships support short-term, post-secondary education for low-income DC-area youth. As community partner, LAYC nominates youth for the scholarship, and mentors, supports, and monitors scholars throughout their post-secondary education.


Escalera: Taking Steps to Success

EscaleraEscalera: Taking Steps to Success is a national after-school model from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) that promotes economic mobility for Latino youth. Implemented at LAYC partner schools, the program is aimed at students in their second semester of their junior year and provides support to help them graduate from high school, prepare for college, and make informed plans for their careers.

Location

Washington, DC: Cardozo Education Campus, Roosevelt Senior High School, and Wilson High School.

Contact

Monica Villacorta, Program Manager, monica@layc-dc.org.


Bard College at LAYC

Bard CollegeThe Bard College course at LAYC offers students an alternative route to begin college education before transitioning to other post-secondary institutions with its nine-month program in the humanities. Students join a cohort and participate in academic and professional development workshops that contribute to the college transition.

Course graduates receive up to six college credits from Bard College in New York.

Topics of Study

  • Literature and Poetry
  • Critical Thinking and Writing
  • American History
  • Art History
  • Moral Philosophy

Admission Criteria

  • Be 17+ years old; no upper age limit.  17-year-olds must be at least seniors in high school
  • Have or be on track to complete a High School Diploma or GED
  • Have the ability to read and write in English
  • Belong to a low-income household
  • Be willing to consistently attend classes, complete assignments, and finish the course

Benefits

  • Experience a college-level course taught by top-level college instructors
  • Earn six transferable credits from Bard College
  • Study masterpieces in the fields of literature, history, philosophy, and art
  • Join like-minded students in a supportive, non-judgmental environment
  • Receive special instruction in writing

Cost

The value of this course is $1,060 (resident tuition). Admitted students are eligible to apply for scholarships to cover tuition, books, transportation, and childcare.

Schedule

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., starting September 2017 and running through early June 2018 with holiday breaks.

To Apply

Complete the online application by July 21, 2017, for the 2017-2018 year. Please note the application requires an uploaded copy of your resume, a letter of recommendation, and an essay in order to complete your application.

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Location

Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Contact

Jennifer Betancur, College Success Coordinator, jennifer@layc-dc.org, (202) 780-4436.


Post-Secondary Success Program

Post-secondary Success ProgramThe Post-Secondary Success Program (PSSP) helps college students stay in school, thrive while they are there, and graduate. While most college access programs strive for college enrollment, PSSP focuses on retention. Students enrolled in PSSP receive individualized case management and mentoring, attend skill-building workshops, and receive a $1,500 scholarship that can be applied to any college expense.

Location

Washington, DC: 1419 Columbia Road, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Contact

Chika Onwuvuche, Post-Secondary Success Program Coordinator, chika@layc-dc.org, (202) 780-4436.


New Futures Scholarships

New Futures Scholarships

LAYC is a community partner with New Futures, a scholarship program for short-term, post-secondary education for low-income DC-area youth. LAYC nominates youth for the scholarship and provides mentoring and support to scholars throughout their post-secondary education.

My dream was always to become a nurse. Without the scholarship, I would never have been able to afford Sanz School. As a result, I’ve been a medical assistant for the last two years now and I am enrolling in UDC’s nursing program.” Flor Carranza, New Futures Scholar

About New Futures

New Futures supports young people pursuing a wide range of education goals, including professional accreditation, community college, and four-year college.

Students pursuing non-college professional certification and vocational training may receive up to $12,800 per academic year. Past scholars have pursued careers in computer science, medical technology, nursing, cosmetology, and culinary arts.

New Futures also grants up to $1,600 per semester for students pursuing a college education, filling the gap that remains after Pell grants, student loans, and other financial aid sources have been exhausted.

With the scholarship money, I was able to get more than five computer certifications that helped land me the job I have now. I am the network administrator at the Neighbor’s Consejo outreach agency, and I’m in charge of their entire networking system.” Lizandro Diaz, New Futures Scholar

To Apply

Fall 2016 applications are due by September 19, 2016, 5 p.m.

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Application requirements:

  • High school transcript or GED diploma with test scores. (If you are enrolled in post-secondary education, a current cumulative transcript must be included.)
  • Personal essay
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation
  • Financial aid documentation (FAFSA/SAR report, DC OneApp receipt)

To learn more about the New Futures Scholarship, please visit www.newfuturesdc.org

Contact

Jennifer Betancur, College Success Coordinator, jennifer@layc-dc.org, (202) 780-4436.