STEAM Team: Our year-round, after school and summer program for middle school students in Mission Hill/Roxbury integrates academic and enrichment programming to boost academic achievement, support science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) engagement, build social-emotional skills, and explore careers. Youth receive homework help from college tutors and use STEAM to address community issues through service-learning projects. Participants also have the opportunity to celebrate their culture and create positive relationships with adults. Many middle school participants take part in our Summer Birdge as rising 9th graders, and transition into our Acceleration Academy program upon entering high school.
Acceleration Academy: In grade 9, youth enroll in Acceleration Academy, an academic support and postsecondary success program aimed at promoting on-time graduation for youth and opening doors to higher education. At Sociedad Latina and through our school-based programming, youth receive tutoring and homework help, mentoring from college students, SAT test preparation, and participate in workshops which support long-term academic success (i.e. time management, communication, effective study skills). Every youth meets individually with an academic case manager to develop actionable plans for staying on track in school and reaching their education goals. In preparation to transition to 11th grade, students participate in an intensive summer program where they learn the skills necessary to prepare their paths of postsecondary education and careers.
Academy for Latinos Achieving Success: In grade 11, youth join our Academy for Latinos Achieving Success (ALAS), a college access and success program which supports youth through the first two years of college. Through bilingual one-on-one coaching, test prep, college visits, application/financial aid support and postsecondary guidance, we support low-income Latino and ELL youth to graduate from high school and succeed in college.