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The Latino Education Institute of Worcester State University offers a variety of programs for Worcester’s Latino youth and their families to ensure the success of children in school and in our community. Evidence demonstrates positive benefits for student learning when parents and families are engaged in their children’s education. For young Latino children, many of whom have parents with limited English language proficiency and low levels of education, parent engagement strategies can strengthen their school success and achievement.
We serve more than 2,800 families yearly with programs in education, literacy, leadership, civic engagement, health, and violence prevention. Our data shows that early learning programs have the unique potential to equip parents with the tools to better support their children’s learning and success in their educational experience. Learn about our impact on Worcester's Latino community.
Innovative Services for Latino Achievers (ISLA) is an after-school program for 1st to 6th grade students that focuses on:
The program provides time for:
Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS) engages 6th grade Latina girls and their mothers in a resiliency-building program focusing on:
The girls learn how to build stronger relationships with their mothers and friends as well as new relationships with their mentors. Participants discover the value of education and how college and the professional world can greatly impact their economic future.
Encouraging Latinos to Achieve Excellence (ENLACE) inspires and transforms boys into scholars through:
Latino male leaders from the community serve as mentors and role models for the boys.
Through various workshops and activities, the boys engage in opportunities that help them exercise discipline and learn about themselves, culture, and the Worcester community. They also learn the value of education and how aspiring for post-secondary education can impact their lives and their families.
Latinos Involved in Discovering Educational Resources (LIDER) is an educational after-school program that engages students and their parents in activities that facilitate access to higher education in order to increase enrollment of Latino students in colleges and universities.
The program strives to educate Latino families in order to reduce
barriers and demystify the college application and enrollment process.
The program offers:
We also arrange for participants to attend college open houses, campus tours, and info sessions.
It serves Latino families of the Worcester Public Schools.
In 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and its research partner on the GradNation State Activation Initiative, the Center for Promise, presented “I Came Here to Learn: The Achievements and Experiences of Massachusetts Students Whose First Language is Not English”. From analyzing student-level data and interviewing young people throughout Massachusetts, the researchers heard stories of strength, motivation, and a search for a better future, including Erika, a Worcester State student.
Club Educación (Club E) strives to increase the educational levels of parents and adults in order to fully realize the overall academic goals of the entire family. Parents participate in training in the areas of computer, financial, and
health literacy through a serious of seasonal workshops.
The program promotes:
Atrevete! Latino Family Workshops are held in collaboration with College Board, Worcester Public Schools, and Worcester State University to enable Latino middle-school and high-school students to attend presentations by experts in the areas of:
Families have the opportunity to learn about the many free resources in the local community and online that are available to first-generation college students.
LEI partnered with the African Community Education, South Eastern Asian Coalition, Worcester Community Connections Coalition, Worcester Educational Collaborative, and Worcester Public Schools to start the Worcester Institute for Parent Leadership and Engagement (WIPLE), a parent engagement institute.WIPLE’s mission and objective is to provide parents with seminars to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and tools to partner with schools and community to ensure that their children achieve their full potential. WIPLE is based on the nationally recognized Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) based in California.Through PIQE’s parent-empowerment model anchored in economic and social justice for all in education, more than 605,000 parents have graduated in the last 28 years, impacting the lives of more than 1.8 million children across the United States.
Worcester Public Schools is proud to have been selected as the first district to license the PIQE Parent Engagement model in New England.
Latino Education Institute
537 Chandler Street,
Worcester, MA 01602
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.