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Abstract

Built on a free, bilingual, "high-touch, high-tech" platform, New Futuro has created a robust community of Latino students and parents, non-profit organizations, education institutions, government agencies, and corporations to connect those that need help with those that provide it. One of the resources developed by New Futuro is a proprietary 10-Steps College Plan that provides structured information targeted to Latino students and families to help them prepare, apply and pay for college.

Key Take Away Points

  • The New Futuro College Plan provides a pathway to college access in an easy-to-follow format.
  • The added value of the College Plan goes far beyond milestones required by students, it allows for students to work together with their parents and caregivers.
  • Qualitative data gathered through survey responses, supported the notion of the great benefit that Latino parents perceive when they explore the documents.
  • The College Plan represents the entry point to NewFuturo.com, a place where parents and students can continue their journey online in a completely bilingual and culturally relevant fashion.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Romero holds a B.S. from Universidad National Autónoma de México, a M.S. from Tecnológico de Monterrey, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. She has over ten years of experience working in higher education, leading the development of technology-based educational programs. She has contributed to the research, development, and implementation of innovative educational models that leverage technology for teaching and learning. She is currently the V.P. of Learning and Development at New Futuro, a socially innovative educational community.