MAOF was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) to deliver its acclaimed Escalera Program Curriculum to 11th grade students in various communities across Greater Los Angeles. Launched in 2001 with the support of PepsiCo Foundation and PepsiCo, Inc., NCLR’s Escalera Program aims to increase Latino college attainment and professional success by educating students on career exploration, educational attainment, technology, personal and leadership development, and job-readiness training.
Starting this month, MAOF staff will recruit high school juniors from East Los Angeles, Huntington Park, Montebello, Pico Rivera, and surrounding areas to participate in the Escalera Program. Once selected, the cohort of at least 30 students will participate in weekly workshops and receive individualized college and financial aid application assistance.
“The Escalera Program has made a difference in the lives of more than 1,200 youth across the country and we’re thrilled that NCLR has selected MAOF to bring the program to students in our community,” said MAOF WIA Youth Program Assistant Norma Vazquez.
MAOF’s inaugural Escalera Program cohort will be announced in early March. For more information on the Escalera Program or to request an application, contact the WIA Youth Program Office at (323) 313-1632.