¡Adelante Latina! believes that every student should have the opportunity to attend college and our program works to help make that possible for all of our students.
Our program meets after school two days a week: one of the two days, students attend class with students in their grade taught by a professional teacher who focuses on improving their reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills, and provides SAT preparation. On the other day of the program, each student is provided with her own tutor who works with her on ¡Adelante Latina! classwork and also provides assistance with school work, as necessary. Seniors focus on college and scholarship applications.
With the help of a grant from the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, ¡Adelante Latina! has added a stronger math component that includes twice-a-week individual math tutoring, once-a-week chemistry tutoring, and SAT math drills on Saturday mornings at the Eastern Avenue Enoch Pratt Library.
In addition, students are encouraged to participate in cultural outings such as trips to museums, theater performances and visits to colleges, arranged by ¡Adelante Latina!
In the spring, the program assists students in finding a paid summer internship in a field of their choice. In past summers, our students have held internships at Centro Sol of Johns Hopkins University (Center for Health and Opportunity for Latinos), Johns Hopkins Summer Jobs, YouthWorks (of the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development), labs at the University of Maryland Medical Campus and the prestigious MERIT Program (Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens), and creative internships with Art With a Heart and The Creative Alliance. Several graduates have worked at the NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse, a part of NIH) program at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to attend a one-week “College Boot Camp” at Notre Dame University of Maryland where they experience dorm life, visit classrooms and labs, hear speakers in a variety of professional fields and visit other colleges in the area.
For our growing alumnae cohort, we provide ongoing support through monthly communications, scholarship and academic advice, social gatherings and a summer book group.
For the families of our students, we provide support and resources on financial literacy, access to healthcare, legal and education advice on an as-needed basis
**Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in March of 2020, our program pivoted to an online format, with instruction provided through Zoom and tutoring conducted via phone, Google Hangout or other means of communication.
Summer 2020 looked very different as our Summer College Boot Camp, which included visits with college counselors and conversations with a variety of professionals, was also conducted via Zoom. Our students also participated in summer internships through Baltimore City YouthWorks, many online. In addition, they conducted independent projects including taking a psychology course in French at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), taking a course in architecture at Catholic University, reporting on the Latinx perspective on the Black Lives Matter movement, researching family histories, creating diet and exercise plans, and Mexican cooking.