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- César E. Chávez
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To empower and prepare Latino/Latina youth for college admissions and graduation through a unique approach based upon a greater cultural understanding as a guide to personal, academic and professional excellence as future leaders.

Program Goals
  • Increase Latino/Latina admission and graduation rates in post secondary education.
  • Provide experiences that contribute to a strong sense of self; a strong connection to cultural heritage; and a commitment to positive and ethical leadership.

AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute (AGUILA) is a unique college access program for Latino/Latina youth providing a web of support that contributes to academic, personal and professional success.

AGUILA was a dream of Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez more than 20 years ago that became a reality in 2004 in Phoenix, Arizona. The concept developed from her education and many experiences working with youth. She felt strongly that youth, particularly, Latino youth, were in great need of assistance in the college planning process. AGUILA is a unique program that promotes cultural heritage, academic success, civic engagement, leadership, positive self-esteem and healthy relationships.

AGUILA increases college enrollment and. more importantly graduation rates for Latinos/Latinas. We do not believe our approach is 'rocket science'. We believe we are moving forward because we are stepping back to our roots, our beliefs, our traditions, our values and determination that is so much of who we are as a people.

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