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Through Lideres, they taught it’s OK to ask questions and even one time gave me a homework assignment to go talk to one of my teachers. Esperanza made me go so I could get the help I needed. The program has helped me be independent in college.
Our scholarships help students attend institutions from New York to Hawaii and supported 100 students in 2019.
I was really quiet and shy when I came here, but Esperanza made me more confident, taught me to be a better person, taught me to not be afraid of challenges and not to give up.
Esperanza facilitates over 244 mentor/mentee relationships during the school year with both one-on-one and group gender specific and college mentoring options.
Before the [ELLAS] program, I never did anything with my time. It made me more focused on being my own leader and helped me to see my future. I feel proud of being a successful Latina student because I’m the only child in my family to receive a scholarship and now I can move forward.
Over the years, Esperanza and CMSD’s cohesive partnership has helped create systemic change regarding Hispanic graduation. Just 10 years ago, Hispanic CMSD students were graduating at a rate of 30%. Today they are graduating on par with their peers. That is a change of 52 percentage points. Those working directly with Esperanza are graduating at a rate of 92% - higher than the state and national average of all graduating high school seniors.”
“Anytime I need help in college, I come here,” explains Marie, “they [Esperanza Inc.] encourage Hispanics that they have the same right to, and can be successful in, whatever it is that they can accomplish in life. Esperanza has opened many doors for me in terms of the Spanish community. Before, I thought that only Americans are successful but I learned that Hispanics can be successful, too.”
Esperanza has provided more than $1.7 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students since 1983.
Our programs bring hope to students like Franchesca, who moved to Cleveland from the Dominican Republic three years ago with her family. Francesca, who spoke little English when she arrived, found acclimating to a new high school and new community difficult without the support of her extended family who re...READ MORE