Our Mission: Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness
All LIA students graduate high school, college and career ready
All LIA students retain through post-secondary educational tracks while cultivating character traits and leadership skills necessary to succeed in life
All LIA students complete post-secondary educational tracts and enter the workforce earning a livable wage
All LIA students have the self-efficacy to persist through their educational goals and become contributing members of their communities
LIA currently serves 110 schools throughout Utah, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. One hundred of these schools are located in 25 of Utah’s school districts; including high need districts like Granite, Salt Lake, Canyons (Midvale), Davis, and Alpine. LIA currently serves over 3100 students annually through LIA classrooms. These middle, Junior High, and High School students are paired with elementary school students as mentors and tutors; bringing the total students LIA reaches to more than 6000 annually and growing.
LIA students are civically engaged young men and women who aspire to better their lives through education, leadership, professionalism, and service. Through their service, they are role models and leaders in their communities. They are recognized scholars, mentors, and trail blazers setting the example for future generations of Latinos.
TUTORS AND ROLE MODELS:
LIA is a leadership class taught at the high school and junior high/middle school level by a highly-qualified and committed educator. The robust LIA curriculum trains students as paraprofessionals and leaders who visit their local elementary schools in an effort to not only increase literacy and math rates of those who are struggling, but to act as role models. This allows younger students to build leadership and self-efficacy that will propel them to join LIA when they reach Junior High and High School and continue the cycle of support and leadership demonstrated by older LIA students.
SERVICE AND LEADERSHIP:
LIA students are required to engage in service opportunities within their local communities at least once a semester or more. The intent of this course requirement is to allow students to “give back” to their communities and also offers an avenue of resources to their own families and neighbors. The service component of LIA is one of its strongest values and teaches students the importance of giving back to their community. It’s the hope that these students will not only progress in education and in life, but that they will take the skills and knowledge they have gained back to their communities and continue to cultivate a foundation of excellence.
In order to participate in an LIA class, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher. The majority of LIA students currently maintain a 3.2 GPA and many are well above that average. Students are expected to engage in extracurricular activities which helps these students integrate into their school environments and also allows their classmates to break down potential stereotypes within their school communities
Latinos in Action makes a considerable effort to track student participants with help from teachers, guidance counselors and college advisors. LIA works hard to find the best strategies to improve our program. Through tracking efforts, LIA students have shown to have a 98% high school graduation rate and an 85% college enrollment rate.
Latinos in Action also places great significance on culture. Culture largely contributes to the Latino identity, and LIA harnesses it as another tool to help students succeed in education. Being bilingual is an asset most LIA students possess, but do not understand the benefits of this skill. Latinos in Action strives to help students understand in this competitive and diverse society, second language fluency is an advantage in the work field. In addition to encouraging students to strengthen their Spanish skills, LIA encourages participation in cultural performances.