Road to College Program
Latino Engagement & Culture
The Road to College Program is an educational engagement program for parents and students. It instills the value of education while developing positive school-to-parent relationships and creating a college-going culture for 5th to 12th-grade students and their families. The curriculum is comprised of monthly or weekly educational sessions that include: Creating High Expectations at Home, Understanding the Role of Parents in Education, Participating in School and Community Activities, College Life and Financial Aid 101, and Taking Advantage of College Access Resources. In addition, The Road to College Program is offered to students during the summer. The summer curriculum is six weeks consisting of four different segments: Academic Enrichment, Supportive Guidance, Nutrition, and Fitness. Current data shows that when parents are involved and have access to information about college from the time their students enter elementary school, those students are more likely to graduate from high school and enter college. On the contrary, if we fail any of them, only one in five will graduate on time from High School.
Engaging Communities Through Culture
To effectively engage families in this very important conversation, Café Con Leche utilizes an inclusive, innovative approach that builds rapport, understands Latino family norms and is culturally relevant today. Latino Engagement is a process of informing, educating, and strengthening the community, relationships and trust with Latino families. We utilize authentic engagement strategies; establishing advocates for people, neighborhoods, and issues. With Latino Engagement; we will ensure education is top-of-mind and a key conversation at the Latino dinner table.
Results: Creating a College-Going Culture
The University of Texas System Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI), through the College Access and Evaluation Divisions, produced a report on the Café Con Leche – College Access Outreach and Scholarship Program. IPSI assessed the success of the program with 800 parents from 18 regions throughout Texas. The following are the key findings from evaluations of the Café Con Leche sessions.
After attending Café Con Leche sessions…
- 87% of parents said they would be more likely to complete the FAFSA or TASFA
- 57% of parents said they contacted their school counselor
- 68% of parents said they would connect with family and friends about Café Con Leche
- 99% of parents said the program should be continued
- 98% of Café Con Lechescholarship grantees are still attending college