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Abriendo Puertas

The Abriendo Puertas program works with 11th and 12th-grade high school students to ensure they graduate on time, are ready to enroll in a post-secondary institution of their choice—whether it be a technical/vocational school, a community college or a university or enter into a career.


971 students have completed the Abriendo Puertas curriculum since 2012 with a high school graduation rate of 95% compared to the average of 63% for the same population. Our average acceptance rate is 100% into an institution of higher learning for those who graduate on time. Through collaborations and partnerships with other community organizations and universities, we offer students a variety of academic, civic and leadership opportunities.

See how Shelby County Schools are currently participating and how to join Abriendo Puertas!

Latino Memphis  +  UnidosUS' Escalera

Latino Memphis has partnered with UnidosUS' Escalera. A national program that promotes economic mobility for youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning and access to information about careers. This meets the overarching goals of UnidosUS to eliminate barriers to employment and economic mobility while increasing the capacity of affiliates to provide effective workforce development, education and leadership services to Latino youth. Overall over 4,000 youth have been through the program nationally which has prepared them for postsecondary and career success. Locally, we measure attendance, GPA, high school completion, college applications and acceptance rates. Learn more about the Escalera Curriculum.

Latino Memphis + Tennessee Higher Education Commission

In 2012, Latino Memphis in partnership with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission was chosen as one of 13 sites nationwide to launch the Lumina Foundation’s Latino Student Success- an initiative aimed at increasing the number of Latinos enrolling and succeeding in college. Today, only 16% of Latinos in TN have a college degree, so we have much work ahead of us.

Latino Memphis is looking for your support to help us reach the following destinations:

  • Increase the percentage of Latino high school students who graduate on time and access post-secondary education.
  • Innovate new ways of working with adult learners, including ESL (English as a Second Language), to create affordable and sustainable career pathways.
  • Empower students to become thoughtful and engaged members and leaders of their community.
  • Foster parental engagement with the goal of embracing education as a family affair.
  • Collaborate with institutional and community partners to align education and workforce outcomes.
  • Advocate to bring the Latino voice to the table in policy discussions