Latino U College Access

Latino U College Access (LUCA) is a nonprofit organization that transforms lives by making college dreams a reality for first-generation, Latino youth.

We believe that all students deserve equitable access to opportunity that meets their unique potential. LUCA’s intensive, family-centered approach has demonstrated an incredible impact in accelerating Latino student success. 50% of our Scholars are enrolled at “most selective” or “very selective” four-year universities; 55% are pursuing STEM degrees; and 99% have either graduated or are on track to graduate!

Operating as usual

04/08/2024

696 college acceptances so far!
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Well done LUCA Scholars! It brings us incredible joy to hear that our Scholars have already been accepted to schools like Yale, Stony Brook, Columbia, Cornell, SUNY Binghamton, George Washington University and more! 🎓

Their joy and excitement continues to motivate us as a reminder of why our mission is so important. 🎉

04/04/2024

Is studying abroad part of your college dream?
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It was for our LUCA Scholar and Ambassador, Jennifer, who is currently a freshman at Binghamton University. Now, she's gearing up to study abroad in the Netherlands!

Click on the link below to read about how Jennifer made this dream a reality and what she looks forward to this upcoming fall semester. ⬇️
https://loom.ly/3K1cS6E

04/03/2024

LUCA is hiring!
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We are currently seeking for new members to join our dynamic team. Apply today for our College Financial Aid Advisor or Program Coordinator position and make college dreams a reality! 🎓

To read the full job descriptions, click the link below ⬇️
✨ College Financial Aid Advisor - https://loom.ly/5cET8ho
✨ Program Coordinator - https://loom.ly/cSStumM

04/03/2024

LUCA is hiring! ✨
We are currently seeking for a new member to join our dynamic team. Apply today for our Director of Advancement position and make college dreams a reality! 🎓

To read the full job description, click the link below ⬇️
https://loom.ly/2BXh_ko

04/01/2024

A special message to our volunteers...✨

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If you know someone who volunteers, be sure to thank them today for being an agent of change.

03/28/2024

As Women's History Month comes to an end we want to highlight and recognize the incredible changemakers who serve on LUCA's Board of Directors. As fierce advocates for educational equity and opportunity, we celebrate the women on our Board and are grateful for their leadership and support.

Meet our Vice Chairperson Tamara Vasquez ✨
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Photos from Latino U College Access's post 03/27/2024

One step closer to achieving their college dreams...

This was the case for our LUCA Scholars and parents who attended the FAFSA Boot Camp 2.0 this past Thursday. Thanks to this event, organized by our College Affordability Advisor, Miryam Matute Roca, the LUCA team was able to help more families complete their FAFSA form

It was definitely a moving experience to see families' faces beam with relief upon reading 'Congratulations!' on the screen.

One step closer, LUCA Familia! ¡Si Se Puede!
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03/25/2024

What is it like studying abroad in Spain?
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Join Alondra at as she shows a day in the life as a LUCA Ambassador studying abroad in Barcelona 🇪🇸

03/22/2024

Your identity is your superpower!
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This week our LUCA team was reminded by the first woman and Afro-Latina Mayor of New Rochelle that our leadership and Latinidad is our superpower.

We were inspired by keynote speaker Mayor Yadira Ramos-Herbert's message at the 11th Annual Latinx Youth Leadership Conference at New Rochelle High School.

Thank you to Class of 2024 LUCA Scholar Guadalupe for inviting us and allowing us to share LUCA's mission with her fellow classmates.

Another empowering event in the books! ✅
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Yadira for New Rochelle Mayor The City School District of New Rochelle

Photos from Latino U College Access's post 03/20/2024

"Our otherness is not an obstacle to be overcome. Our otherness is our strength."
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Last Friday, the LUCA team was fortunate to hear these words, in person, by keynote speaker, Andrea Navedo, at the 2024 Westchester Women's Summit.

As First-Gen Latinas, it's important to remember that we all have a unique journey, and that we have the power within to change the trajectory of our lives.

03/11/2024

We met with the first female senate Majority Leader in New York History!

Yes, you read that correctly LUCA Familia. Last week we had the opportunity to share a LUCA update with Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

This month, we celebrate not only the women who've made an impact throughout history, but also the women who are making a difference today. Thank you Andrea Stewart-Cousins for your commitment in providing equitable and high-quality education for all students across New York.

03/06/2024

The secret is out - one of our LUCA Scholars is interning at Microsoft!
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This summer, Luis will be interning at Microsoft as an Explore Intern at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. As a software engineer intern, Luis will be working on product development cycles in one of the Microsoft teams. We know that he will accomplish great things! We can't wait to hear all about it. Congratulations, Luis!

03/01/2024

March is ! This month and every single day, we honor the achievements of women throughout history. We are incredibly proud of our Latina Scholars, who will make history of their own as the first in their families to graduate from college!! 🎓

03/01/2024

March is ! Throughout this month and every single day, we recognize and honor the achievements of women throughout history. We are incredibly proud of our Latina Scholars, who will make history of their own as the first in their families to graduate from college!! 🎓

02/28/2024

So far, 2024 has been full of surprises❗
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FAFSA Boot Camps ✅ First-Gen Padres: Charlas y Cafecitos ✅ Internship Opportunities ✅

Click on the link below to read about what we've been up to these past couple of months ⬇️ ⬇️

https://loom.ly/hZCovdI

02/22/2024

Dream Internship Secured at Google ✅
LUCA Familia, please join me in congratulating LUCA Scholar Esteban for securing his dream internship at Google! Esteban will be embarking on his journey as a Software Engineering intern this summer.

Click the link below to read more about this amazing opportunity ⬇️ Congratulations Esteban!
https://loom.ly/3K1cS6E

02/20/2024

Welcome Haydee!
Please join us in welcoming Haydee to the LUCA familia! As a proud first-generation college graduate, Haydee identifies with and understands the first-generation Latinx experience in the USA and is committed to being an advocate for marginalized student populations in their pursuit of higher education.

As Associate Director or Programs, Haydee will be working closely with the College Access and College Success teams to provide the best opportunities for our Scholars and their families.

¡Bienvenida Haydee!

Click the link below to learn more about Haydee ⬇️
https://loom.ly/OqIsqoY

02/15/2024

Join Our Team! ✨
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LUCA is seeking an energetic financial aid pro to join our dynamic team.

Apply today for our College Financial Aid Advisor position and make college dreams a reality! Click the link for more information 🎓

https://loom.ly/49U4W8I

02/14/2024

Happy Valentine's Day LUCA Familia! ❤️
Today, we want to give special recognition to our volunteers ✨
Thank you for the endless love and support you provide to our Scholars and families. 💕
It is because of you, your time, talents, and efforts that our Scholars get to achieve their college dreams! 🎓

02/13/2024

LUCA is pleased to announce its 2024 Executive Committee.✨

Thank you to all of our board members for dedicating your time and experience to making college dreams a reality!

Photos from Latino U College Access's post 02/12/2024

FAFSA Boot Camp #4 & #5 have been completed ✅
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This past week has been a busy one for LUCA! Thanks to our incredible volunteers and LUCA team, we were able to help students and families in the White Plains and Port Chester community complete their FAFSA applications.

..and we're happy to say that we're not done yet!

Peekskill High School (2/15) and Sleepy Hollow High School(2/27)...we'll see you soon! 🎓

Port Chester Public Schools Westchester County Board of Legislators White Plains City School District

02/10/2024

A big thank you to News 12 Westchester and Jade Nash for highlighting our commitment to aiding students and families in completing their FAFSA forms.

To watch the entire story, please click the link below.
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https://loom.ly/uhsnuN8

02/10/2024

Thank you for helping us make a difference Marie 🎓✨

A big thank you to News 12 Westchester and Jade Nash for highlighting our commitment to aiding students and families in completing their FAFSA forms.

To watch the entire story, please click the link below.
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https://loom.ly/uhsnuN8

02/08/2024

Summer Internship at Amazon = SECURED ✅

Congratulations to our Scholar Daniel, freshman at RICE University, who has secured an internship with Amazon! This summer, Daniel will be interning as a Software Engineer where he, along with his engineering team, will be creating products that benefit Amazon's customers.

We're confident that Daniel will achieve great things!

For LUCA Scholars: If you're interested in learning about other internship opportunities, please contact our College Success Manager, Keylin.

02/05/2024

Happy National School Counseling Week! 🎉
A big thank you to all School Counselors in our communities - especially those in our partner districts - who support students every day as they make their college dreams a reality! 💙👩‍🎓

White Plains City School District Public Schools of the Tarrytowns Elmsford Union Free School District Ossining Union Free School District Peekskill City School District Port Chester Public Schools The City School District of New Rochelle Bedford Central School District / Fox Lane

LUCA Statement on FAFSA Delays 02/05/2024

"The challenges presented by the new 'simpler' FAFSA, marked by glitches in the platform, and now the delay in getting award letters out will create new barriers for the students and families that need financial aid the most..."

CLICK on the link below to read our February 2nd statement on FAFSA Delays
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https://loom.ly/yXDxHG0

LUCA Statement on FAFSA Delays Dear LUCA Familia and Friends:  Overwhelmed. Bewildered. Worried. This is what our students, families and colleagues are feeling this week. After a lengthy wait for a delayed rollout of the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the U.S. Department of Education announced this w...

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This is what it’s all about ❤️ Grateful we got to capture the moment when Miryam received her first medical school accep...
Happy Birthday LUCA! 🎉 🎂 🎉  Join us as we take a stroll down memory lane and celebrate all the amazing memories we have ...
Celebremos la Herencia Hispana! Happy first day of #HispanicHeritageMonth! 🎉 We're starting of the celebration by shinin...
Here’s a little sneak peek of our LUCA Team Retreat earlier this month. A day filled with lots of learning, strategizing...
Congratulations to the #Classof2023 Latino U Scholars and to all of the graduating students from our incredible partner ...
March is #WomensHistoryMonth! This month and every day, we honor the achievements of women all throughout history.  We a...
Today’s the day! We’re celebrating 10 incredible years of transforming the lives of first-generation Latino youth throug...
Today is the last day to double your impact! In honor of #BackToSchool season, our Board of Directors will match all don...
Today we're shining the spotlight on Sofia Filipe, our Program Coordinator. Sofia shares why #WomensHistoryMonth is impo...
Today we're shining the spotlight on Chabely Ramos, our Director of Programs. Chabely shares why #WomensHistoryMonth is ...
This #WomensHistoryMonth we're shining the spotlight on the strong women who are the force behind LUCA. Today we're high...
We’re growing! LUCA is seeking a College Success Program Manager, Financial Aid Advisor, and Program Coordinator to join...

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