Founded in 2013 by Leonor Blum, an Argentine immigrant and Professor Emerita at Notre Dame of Maryland University, this three-year program began with 12 sophomores and has added a new sophomore cohort each fall. Now in its seventh year, the program serves 35 students, and has graduated 4 cohorts with most of our graduates currently enrolled in college.
¡Adelante Latina! has been awarded prizes from the Latino Providers Network, the Ole! Group at Exelon, and was a 2018 finalist for the National Excelencia in Education Award. In 2019, Leonor Blum was named as one of five Baltimore Homecoming Heroes in recognition of her work making a difference in the lives of Baltimore City Latinas.
¡Adelante Latina! helps to bridge the gap for its students by helping them overcome the socio-cultural, economic and academic barriers they face in pursuing a college career.
The program serves underprivileged and promising girls in Baltimore City public high schools who maintain at least a 3.0 average in their classes, demonstrate competency in English, ambition, leadership potential, have a supportive home environment and a passion for learning. Our students come from households where Spanish is spoken and are therefore at a disadvantage when taking standardized college placement tests which evaluate reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.
The goal of ¡Adelante Latina! is for all participants to be accepted into either a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university with adequate financial support. Each student who participates in the program for all three years and who enrolls in college will receive a one year $3,000 scholarship.
READ ABOUT ¡Adelante Latina! IN THE NEWS:
The Baltimore Sun highlighted ¡Adelante Latina! on page 18 of their September 2019 “Prime Time Living” supplement.
Read about Founder Leonor Blum’s recognition as a 2019 Baltimore Hometown Hero here!
Read J’more’s story about Leonor Blum’s recognition as a 2019 Baltimore Hometown Hero.
Listen to our grateful 2019 graduates share their experience in the program: