In 2011, the Lumina Foundation chose Albuquerque as one of only 13 communities nationwide to receive a $600,000, four-year grant to improve Latino student success.

Our project, called “The Unidos Project for Latino Student Success,” is a collaborative effort among: The University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque Public Schools, ENLACE, Youth Development, Inc., The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Innovate+Educate, the ABC Community Schools Partnership, El Centro de la Raza, the UNM Center for Education Policy Research, and the College Board.

Built on the principles of “collective impact,” the Unidos Project will move Albuquerque and Bernalillo County closer to meeting Lumina’s “Big Goal” of ensuring that 60% of the American population has a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential by the year 2025.

In order to achieve the Big Goal, we have to focus particular attention on Hispanics and Latinos, who have the lowest rates of educational attainment of any ethnic group in the nation.

Our Approach

In order to increase degree attainment for Hispanics, we will focus on three goals:

  1. Increase the percentage of Hispanics who have a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential.

  2. Increase the percentage of Hispanics who enroll in a two- or four-year college.

  3. Increase the percentage of Hispanics who graduate with a two- or four-year degree or credential

To achieve these goals, the Unidos Project adopts four key strategies:

  1. Opening the Gate: Redefining and Scaling up Services to Support Students and Families
    1. )   Create a seamless system of academic and non-academic supports for students at APS, CNM, and UNM
    2. )   Identify students at risk of dropping out of high school or college and connect them to the appropriate support services
  2. Increasing the Flow: Helping Students and Families Understand the Transformational Power of Education
    1. )   Strengthen the role of caring adults through mentorship and family engagement
    2. )   Support more positive youth leadership development opportunities
    3. )   Introduce students to careers attainable through higher education
    4. )   Assess and provide opportunities for students to improve their workforce skills
    5. )   Continually assess the local and regional economic environment for job opportunities
  3. Reclaiming the Flow: GED Outreach

    Lumina Unidos Project has worked collectively with community organizations and educational institutions to develop a campaign regarding new GED testing regulations and costs. Please help us get the word out to individuals, families, and organizations to complete their GED before new rules take effect. Below are flyers that are available both in English and Spanish for printing and dissemination.

  4. Removing Barriers: Institutional Development to Facilitate Seamless Transitions
    1. )   Create greater equity for Hispano/Latino students within our educational institutions
    2. )   Combat the culture of low expectations

View our Logic Model