Supporting high school and college students to ensure they get to and through college
We distinctively teach, mentor, and support academically ambitious low-income Hispanic high-school and college students in under-resourced Michigan Hispanic communities, and work to eliminate equity barriers that stall academic and employment opportunities.
The Michigan Hispanic Collaborative leverages the academic readiness and college access work created by our partners and makes it accessible and culturally relevant to our students.
Schools (and growing!)
11th & 12th Grade Support
- FAFSA/Financial Aid, essay-writing,
and scholarship workshops
- Academic enrichment through
tutoring and SAT support
- Internship experiences and a career boot camp, which includes hard and soft skills training
- Mentorship and exposure opportunities
- A summer Latinx Send-Off for college-bound students to aid students in creating cohorts,
connecting them to university resources, and mentors
- College tours and experiences
- Access to a trained college counselor
Collaboration & Research
- Michigan High School Principal and Counselor summit for Hispanic-serving schools
- Michigan college admissions and
financial aid summit
- Partnerships and events with Michigan College Access and Detroit College Access Networks
- Partnerships and events with all Hispanic professional associations
- Collaboration with other first-generation college support organizations
- SW Detroit Community partners and parents to cultivate the college-going culture
“The Próx Gen program demonstrates the increasing sophistication and conscientiousness of area Hispanics. We are getting better at addressing larger problems and at accessing the American middle class.”
Low college attainment has a negative impact on a state’s economy. The Hispanic academic achievement gap alone is currently costing Michigan $1 billion.
There are 500,000 Hispanics in Michigan. 25% of them are living below the poverty level.
Of Hispanics in poverty in Detroit, 51% are under the age of 17
15.7% of Hispanics in Michigan are getting bachelor’s degrees – in Detroit, the rate is 6.1%
The Hispanic community is almost 17% behind the national average of individuals with a bachelor’s degree, the annual wage advantage for individuals with bachelor’s degrees is around $24k
The median household income for Hispanics in Southwest Detroit is $27,811 – compared to the median household income in the U.S. ($57,652)