For more information about LISTO's methodology and why the program works see our Research page.
KEY COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM INCLUDE:
WHAT IS LISTO PROGRAM?
LISTO is a free after school intensive college prep program designed to support 9th – 12th grade students on their pathway to college and a potential career. LISTO offers academic support, college visits, team building activities, networking with current college students and professionals from various careers, and mentoring for college and financial aid application completion. LISTO is held at Francis L Cardozo Education Campus and Mary's Center on Georgia Ave.
Today, the enrollment of Latino high school graduates in institutions of higher education is 37% and around half of Hispanics enrolled in college are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Hispanic/Latino students and their families often suffer from a lack of information about the cost or college, types of colleges they are qualified to attend, and college culture (Pew Hispanic Center 2009). LISTO works to combat these issues by creating a bridge between students, families, and schools to increase access to information.
While college seems distant for a rising 9th grade student, a strong initial G.P.A is essential for any college-bound student. All 9th grade LISTO students are required to attend a study hall/tutoring session three days a week. This option is also available for all students who want additional academic help. Students receive workshops providing them tools to succeed in their classes and homework completion – study skills, time management, essay writing.
FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOPS
We want our LISTO students and families to understand how to afford a post-secondary education by learning how to manage and budget money for college, where to find scholarships and grants (federal and private), and understanding total tuition costs of an institution and loan interest and debt. We offer 12th grade students and their families a bilingual workshop that breaks down each section of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and College Scholarship Service (CSS) profile.
12TH GRADE MENTORSHIP
Each college-bound LISTO senior has the opportunity to work one-on-one with a mentor to assist them in the college application and scholarship/financial aid processes. The students and mentors meet once per week. By the end of December, students apply to at least four schools. After the application process, students continue to work with their mentor to research and apply to scholarships, along with receiving support in deciding where to enroll.