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Bridging the higher education gap

UnidosUS’s Escalera: Taking Steps to Success college and career readiness program for 11th and 12th grade students supports historically underserved students, including first-generation, low-income, and English Learners (EL).

Escalera seeks to bridge the Latinx higher education gap by decreasing barriers to college access, increasing career planning resources, and empowering Latinx youth to make informed decisions about their futures.

11th Grade: Escalera/Life Prep II 2021-22

Class Meeting Times

Monday Early Dismissal Tue.- Fri. Regular Schedule 
8:40 am-9:17 am 9:00am-9:55am


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Empowering Latinx youth in college and career

Escalera is delivered through culturally informed, curriculum-based learning sessions combined with experiential learning activities including internships and shadowing opportunities. Individual case management provides each student with personal advising time with college and career advisors throughout their post-secondary planning process.

Escalera works to increase Latinx college enrollment and career-readiness by providing:

  • Opportunities to develop personally and network with other Escalera youth through annual events such as the UnidosUS Escalera STEM Youth Summit, the UnidosUS Escalera Youth Leadership Summit
  • Relevant information that increases access to college such as knowledge of the college-entrance exams, including the ACT and SAT, and familiarity with sources of financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.).
  • Activities that strengthen their career readiness such as exploring and planning for future goals, developing their professional skills, building a resume, and seeking professional recommendations.