We support students and their families through academic services and informational outreach.
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The LSF works with several independent and parochial schools in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia to support youth and to encourage multicultural and socioeconomic diversity in PreK-12th grade education. Our efforts are to ensure that youth have access to the best educational opportunities that the Washington, DC Metropolitan area has to offer. LSF Member Schools benefit from the cultural and linguistic support of LSF staff and supporters.
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555 12th St NW Suite 620
Washington, DC 20004
Monday – Friday 9:00-6:00
ABOUT THE LSF
The Latino Student Fund (LSF) was founded in 1994 to address disparities in access to education for underrepresented students in Washington, DC, and has since served more than 4,000 youth across its programs.
Provide opportunities for a strong academic foundation for underserved PreK-12th grade students and their families to promote higher education and professional leadership. The organization provides year-round, out-of-school-time programs for low-income, at-risk students and their families with the goal of increasing levels of educational attainment in the community.
Preparing Students for Independent And Parochial Schools. The Access program is designed to help parents identify and apply to Pre-K-12th grade independent and parochial schools. This fall the program includes virtual workshops, direct one-on-one assistance in identifying schools, bilingual application and financial-aid form assistance, WPPSI and WISC test discounts and application fee waivers (based on household income) and access to a network of over 45 independent and parochial schools.
Creating Fun Virtual Sessions for Distance Learning. Since 1998 the Latino Student Fund’s Tutoring Program provides free support and academic assistance to Washington metropolitan area students to ensure their academic success. The virtual and individual tutoring sessions are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays afternoons and on Saturdays mornings this fall, excluding holidays.
Supporting Students on Their Pathway To College. LISTO is a free after-school intensive college prep program designed to support 11th – 12th-grade students on their pathway to college and a potential career. LISTO offers academic support, college visits, team-building activities, networking with current college students and professionals from various careers, and mentoring for college and financial aid application completion. LISTO is held virtually Monday through Thursday with a Resource Hub on Friday afternoons.
Empowering Recently Arrived Latino Youth. Te Guio provides youth in 9th-10th grade with a mentor to guide them on the path to graduate high school, enroll in higher education, and transition to a healthy adulthood. This fall, the mentoring program will be held virtually and focus on academic and personal goals during the school year through a variety of weekly workshops and emphasize on career goals in the summer with the opportunity to work at the LSF in the DC Summer Youth Employment Program. Once students complete the Te Guio program, they are transitioned into the Listo program.
Increasing Civic Engagement in Underrepresented Communities. The Rising Journalist program accomplishes its goal of increasing civic engagement in marginalized English Language Learner (ELL) student groups by focusing on the individual and helping improve writing and critical thinking skills. Through project -based learning, the program encourages students to invest long-term in their school and community through on-going investigative journalism style project.
- Provide academic support for at-risk PreK-12th grade students
- Alleviate barriers to higher education among first generation youth
- Empower Latino families to serve as strong advocates for their children
555 12th St NW Suite 620 Washington, DC 20004
P.O. Box 5403 Washington, DC 20016
M-F: 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 12pm
With a global health crisis highlighting disparities across our communities, the LSF’s mission is more important than ever. Please consider donating to the LSF and help hundreds of students and families across the DC metro area continue on their path to a better education. Together we can be agents of hope and come out stronger in a better future.
What We Do
BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION
The greatest strength of our work is the ability to involve the entire family in our programs. By educating families through English classes, school workshops, and computer training, we make learning accessible for every generation and increase levels of attainment in the community.
PROVIDE AN EARLY START
Our initiatives work in concert to encourage a college-going culture from a young age. We provide programs for students starting in pre-school to help combat the short and long-term effects a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate resources have on a child’s academic potential.
SUPPORT THE FUTURE
Our programs don’t stop once students graduate high school.
We create a network of peers and mentors, to promote higher education and professional leadership, that our students can rely on. We become family, whether it’s their first year of middle school or their first year of college.
Success is believing you can. Here are a few of the stories about how we made a difference in the lives of our student.
PreK-12th grade students enrolled in the Access program receive application assistance for independent and parochial schools
Students previously enrolled on the Scholars program are yearly recipients of independent and parochial
PreK-12th grade students enrolled in our Tutoring programs receive one-on-one help in math and literacy on Saturday mornings
9-12th grade students from Listo and Te Guio benefit academically from
preparation and support