Student Voices - College Success Program, Barrio Logan College Institute

Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) creates a college-going culture for Latino families in an area with a history of low educational attainment. BLCI gives students comprehensive college-prep services such as tutoring, career exploration, and college application guidance. BLCI is unique in that they prepare kids for college starting in 3rd grade; work directly with parents, for at least 30 hours/year; support students through their college careers; and, incorporate collaboration. Founded in 1996 as statistics showed that at-risk Latino students dropped out of high school at alarmingly high rates, and were underrepresented in higher education. In response, BLCI worked with twelve 3rd graders in one of San Diego's lowest-performing schools. In 2014, the Executive Director Leadership Council was launched, providing students with leadership opportunities focused on community service. BLCI also works with more than 60 community partners. 

The mission of Barrio Logan College Institute is to prepare disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college.