Mar 4, 2011

The Hispanic Youth Institute Supports College Dreams

The Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) is a national pre-college program designed to support the college and career goals of underserved high school students.

With help from the Hispanic College Fund and numerous community-based organizations, HYI serves youth in eight separate “regions” including Maryland, Virginia, Arizona, Central Valley CA, Dallas TX, Los Angeles CA, and Silicon Valley CA (DC students are invited to participate in the Virginia program).

The goal of the Hispanic Youth Institute is to increase college awareness among high school students through activities designed to improve self-confidence and reinforce the importance of a college education.

Toward this end, HYI annually sponsors university-based “Kick-Off” programs beginning with on-campus introductions to college for between 100 and 200 students selected in each region.

For Virginia students, the 2011 program will be held on the campus of Virginia State University, in Petersburg and will run from July 20 through July 23rd. Marylanders will go to Towson University, from June 21st through June 24th.

Students lucky enough to be chosen for HYI will participate in college and career workshops, connect with local Hispanic professionals, meet college admissions representatives, and compete for scholarships.

Once they have completed the HYI on-campus component, students are enrolled in a year-round program that reinforces the key themes of college, career, and community.

To qualify students must
  • Reside in targeted communities or regions

  • Be of Hispanic descent or identify with the Hispanic community

  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above

  • Be a member of the high school class of 2013 or 2014

Students must apply electronically through the HYI website. Notifications of acceptance will go out between late April and early May 2011.

Note that the program has a registration fee of $10 per student. But fees will only be collected after an application has been submitted and the student has been accepted into the HYI Kick-Off.

For more information on HYI programs scheduled throughout the summer in different regions of the country, visit the Hispanic Youth Institute website.

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