The gap between students and graduates who move onto college is still very large among Latinos. Part of the problem is the lack of access to resources and information to students and their families to plan and create a path that gives them access to higher education. To close the education gap and support young people across the country, New Futuro along with Allstate and more than 300 public and private organizations have offered college prep workshops and fairs in five cities, including Los Angeles where the program launched in September 2012.
One of the key points of information that guides the program is to create a college access plan, which offers 10 simple steps that facilitates the process for both parents and students.
The 10 steps are:
1. Explore careers
2. Build a support team
3. Find Universities
4. Build Your Financial Strategy
5. Take appropriate classes
6. Secure your average
7. Get Involved
8. Take the intake examine
9. Apply to colleges
10. Get Financial Aid
A simple guide that varies depending on the students' grade level to offer practical advice depending when the student is following the guide.
This guide is one of many services and resources available as part of the New Future events and also available on the website www.newfuturo.com. Another benefit received by attending the events was the chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarships, laptops and other prizes, like Israel Rodriguez who won a $4,500 scholarship from Allstate at the local Fair last September. He is already getting ahead thanks to this perk.
If you want to learn more about financial aid and the scholarships available to you, visit New Futuro's website www.newfuturo.com where you can access the largest scholarships database in the country for free.