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Éxito Educativo

Éxito Educativo is a partnership-based, pathways-to-college program led by MI ALMA that promotes academic success among Latino families. This exciting after-school program brings Latino parents and their high school students together to learn about the requirements for high school graduation, the different sources of support for college, and the pathways to college. The program consists of six, two-hour-long modules. Participants learn about the benefits of a college education, the importance of family members communicating with each other, school personnel and resources, and summer opportunities. They also learn about the structure of U.S. higher education, the sources and types of financial aid, the importance of financial planning, and the college application and admissions process.

Interested families learn about the program at an orientation session before the modules begin. Both the parent(s) and the student(s) are required to attend all six sessions, which are held every two weeks during the school semester. Consistent with its culturally relevant approach, the program is bilingual and can be offered in Spanish for those parents who are primarily Spanish- speaking. Éxito Educativo currently is offered in Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Van Buren ISD.

The Lansing program partners are MI ALMA, Lansing School District, Capital Area College Access Network, Lansing Promise, Lansing Community College, and JSRI. Partners in Grand Rapids are MSU Extension, Western Michigan University, Wyoming School District, Central Catholic High School, and MI ALMA. Lastly, Van Buren ISD partners are Van Buren Intermediate School District, and MI ALMA.



  • Lansing School District
  • Capital Area College Access Network
  • Lansing Promise
  • Lansing Community College
  • MI ALMA, MSU Extension
  • Western Michigan University
  • Wyoming High School
  • Central Catholic High School
  • Van Buren Intermediate School District


  • MSU 4-H
  • Lansing School District
  • Wyoming High School
  • Central Catholic High School



Rubén Martinez

Professor, Department of Sociology
Director Emeritus, Julian Samora Research Institute

Julian Samora Research Institute