Latine College & Career Access (LaCCA)
Awarded National Grant for Profiles in Collective Leadership


LaCCA Empowers Latine Youth for College and Career Success

The Latine College and Career Access Network (LaCCA) is a collaborative effort initiated by the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) member organizations including Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA), Hyde Square Task Force, Boston HERC, Sociedad Latina, and EBCC. LaCCA's mission is to empower Latine youth in Boston by providing them with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed in education and their careers.

Latine students are the largest demographic in Boston Public Schools, making up 42% of the student population. However, they are also among the least likely to graduate high school and enroll in college. This achievement gap has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with college enrollment rates for Latine students experiencing a steeper decline than other demographics.

LaCCA's Solution: The College & Career Pathways Initiative

LaCCA's College & Career Pathways Initiative offers a comprehensive suite of programs designed to empower Latine youth on their journeys to academic and professional success. Here's an overview of our core programs:

We are thrilled to announce that LaCCA has been selected by Carnegie and its nonprofit partner, Transcend, through a competitive review process, for a national grant award for Profiles in Collective Leadership. This recognition is a testament to the effectiveness of LaCCA's model and its potential to make a significant impact on the lives of Latine youth in Boston.

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"The LaCCA Network has impacted me in so many ways. Academic support has helped me stay on track in school. The support of our coordinators gives me a great support system to check in with me about my grades, process what I’m feeling about school, get help with the college admissions process and prepare for my career path,” said Emily Rivera, a participant in IBA’s Youth Development Program (YDP), which is funded by LaCCA. “Through YDP’s partnerships and workshops, I've learned a lot about working with others. One of our community agreements is ‘take space, make space.’ It reminds me to participate and contribute to the conversation but also make sure I include everyone else, too. I take that lesson to school and everyday life.”