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Where We’re Going: College Access Para Todos

Where We’re Going: College Access Para Todos

Thanks to College Access Para Todos, 100 students are in college in Charlotte, NC. And they are in college even though they are also undocumented immigrants. In this video, co-founder Selene Medina discusses the creation of College Access Para Todos, a partnership with the Latin American Coalition, high schools, colleges, and other community partners. Medina says “we knew if policy wasn’t going help us, we had to help ourselves.” And they’ve done just that, providing workshops on college applications and connecting students to scholarships that make higher education possible. The Latin American Coalition is part of MDC’s Partners for Postsecondary Success learning network. Selene’s story is another example of how students can be part of a community solution to increasing educational attainment.

Selene Medina, Part 2 from MDC on Vimeo.

This is the sixth installment in a series called “Where We’re Going: Places on the Road to the North Star,” which explores lessons from the past three years of the Partners for Postsecondary Success (PPS) initiative and looks ahead, toward the North Star goals the partner cities are aiming to achieve. This video was recorded at the PPS April 2013 Learning Institute.PPS, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by MDC, is an effort by partnerships in Amarillo, TX; Brownsville, TX; Raleigh, NC; and affiliate site Charlotte, NC, to increase the number of low-income young adults getting postsecondary credentials that lead to living-wage jobs.