Educational Institutions

Barrio Logan College Institute

  • San Diego, CA
  • www.blci.org

Mission Statement

Every child shall have access to higher education, not limited by culture or status, resulting in a thriving community and a better world. Barrio Logan College Institute breaks the cycle of poverty by preparing disadvantaged students to be among the first in their families to attend and succeed in college.

Main Programs

  1. Elementary School Program (Grades 3-5)
  2. Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)
  3. High School Program (Grades 9-11)
  4. College Success Program (Grade 11 - College Graduation)
  5. Parent Advocacy Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Approximately 80% of our students live within a mile of our center in Barrio Logan, however, we also serve families from other under-served neighborhoods such as City Heights and National City. BLCI is currently opening a new site in the Castle Park Community in Chula Vista with issues similar to Barrio Logan. The neighborhood of Castle Park is characterized by high rates of poverty, low English language proficiency and lack of early learning supports. About 67% of adults do not have their high school diploma and 52% of households do not have an adult employed full time. Almost two-thirds of families receive some type of assistance and six out of 10 children qualify for publicly funded health insurance.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2009

Self-reported

Jose A Cruz

Keywords

Self-reported

education, college access, college readiness, after school, BLCI, disadvantaged, underprivileged, college prep, poor, poverty, career development, parent involvement in education, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, University

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EIN

33-0771222

 Number

5023375836

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Results as of August 2013 * 100% of BLCI 10th graders passed the California High School Exit Exam, while only 70% of Latino students state-wide passed the test in 2007. * 100% of BLCI 12th graders took the SAT * 100% of high school graduates took the "a through g" courses required for public university eligibility in California, compared to only 39% of students who graduate "a through g" eligible overall in the state. * 100% (86 out of 86) of BLCI high school graduates enroll in colleges and universities throughout the nation, 81% of which enroll directly into 4-year universities! * 94% of students who have gone through the College Success Program have been retained in college towards graduation compared to only 11% of first generation college students who graduate college within 6 years nationwide. * This past year, BLCI had only a 2.6% attrition rate. We are excited to share that all 11 BLCI Class of 2013 students enrolled as first-generation college students at colleges and universities across the country this fall. This year's graduates enrolled in the following academic institutions: * Alan De La Rosa: San Jose State University * Marcy Corona: San Diego State University * Beatriz Velez: San Diego City College * Yannalie Smith: CSU Long Beach * Christian Espinoza: CSU Los Angeles * Perla Garcia: San Francisco State University * Daisy Mata: Grossmont College * Lupita Barajas: Trinity College * Karla Zuñiga: San Diego State University * Limna Lio: UC San Diego * Stephanie Hernandez: San Diego State University We are very proud of our 5 new BLCI alums that have completed their college degrees and Bernice Ramirez who became our first student to complete a master's degree: * Estrella Cedillo, BLCI Class of 2009: B.S. in Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California * Zulma Monsalvo, BLCI Class of 2009: B.A. in Music Education from Point Loma Nazarene University * Dulce Carolina Lopez, BLCI Class of 2008: B.A in Political Science from CSU, Channel Islands * Angela Fuentes, BLCI Class of 2009: B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University * Jose Arciniega, BLCI Class of 2009: B.A. in Public Administration from San Diego State University * Bernice Ramirez, BLCI Class of 2004: M.A. in Social and Political Thought from Carnegie Mellon University Top Goals for Current Year 1) Attract more individual donors, corporate and foundation partners1) Develop a plan for expansion of our programs, including finding a larger facility2) Bring more resources to our College Success Program to ensure students graduate college ready to enter the workforce3) Enhance the Parent Program to continue to create a college-going culture at home.

Programs

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Program 1

Elementary School Program (Grades 3-5)

In the Elementary School Program (3rd-5thgrade) we focus on setting the foundation for future success. We provide enrichment activities for students that build the reading, writing, critical thinking, and social skills necessary for continued academic success. Through on-site presentations and field trips to local universities, students also learn how others from similar backgrounds have made the dream of higher education a reality, and begin to envision college as an achievable goal.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

254,145

Program 2

Middle School Program (Grades 6-8)

In the Middle School Program(6th-8thgrade) we focus on positive identity development, as our students often experience negative influences in their communities that may compete with a college-going culture. Community service, roles models, leadership, and ""Active Dreaming"" concepts are emphasized. Assistance is offered daily to support students in their academic course work, with subject-specific tutors available for additional one-on-one assistance. Steps to Success Workshops focus on important skills such as time management, essay writing, and test preparation.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

114,664

Program 3

High School Program (Grades 9-11)

In the High School Program, (9th- first semester of 11thgrade) the focus shifts to skill development, college preparatory classes, and the college application process. We call high school ""The Audition for College."" We make sure students are taking the right courses, have a strong GPA, improve their standardized test scores and are involved in extracurricular activities. Steps to Success Workshops continue to strengthen academic and personal skills, with special focus on financial literacy, standardized testing, and the value of community service and community-based work. Eleventh grade students spend their Spring Break touring a variety of college campuses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

129,744

Program 4

College Success Program (Grade 11 - College Graduation)

The College Success Program (second semester of 11thgrade - college completion) matches the student to the right college, connects them to financial aid, and supports them until they graduate from college. Students benefit from individualized college advising services, a pre-college orientation, and the opportunity to compete for a $5,000 scholarship renewable up to four years designed to enable students to attend the university that best allows them to meet their higher education goals and to prepare for life after college graduation through mentorship, internship, and community service requirements.In the near future we would like to offer career placement options for our college graduates.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Adults

Budget

191,633

Program 5

Parent Advocacy Program

Our Parent Advocacy Program provides ongoing workshops and regular meetings with BLCI program staff, which help to educate parents on topics including parental rights, community resources, and college preparation. Some parent workshops are designed to create an environment at home that is conducive to their children enrolling and succeeding in college (e.g. transformational communication, financial literacy, etc.). BLCI helps parents complete charter and private school applications and utilize such programs as School Choice and VEEP, which give students the option to transfer from low-performing schools to higher-performing schools within the district. Parents are required to invest 30 hours a year in BLCI by volunteering, participating in workshops, or going back to school themselves.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

122,163

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Approximately 80% of our students live within a mile of our center in Barrio Logan, however, we also serve families from other under-served neighborhoods such as City Heights and National City. BLCI is currently opening a new site in the Castle Park Community in Chula Vista with issues similar to Barrio Logan. The neighborhood of Castle Park is characterized by high rates of poverty, low English language proficiency and lack of early learning supports. About 67% of adults do not have their high school diploma and 52% of households do not have an adult employed full time. Almost two-thirds of families receive some type of assistance and six out of 10 children qualify for publicly funded health insurance.

Funding Needs

BLCI was founded on the principle that all students should have access to a college education--regardless of their family income or ethnicity. In Barrio Logan the median annual income is less than $20,000 for a family of four, and only 38% of residents over the age of 25 have a high school diploma. For the majority of students in BLCI's neighborhood, a college education is only a dream. In under-served neighborhoods like Barrio Logan, the high school drop out rate often exceeds 50%. Many of those who don't drop out face other obstacles to college access, such as a language barrier and inadequate preparation. Our services are free to the families as long as students commit to working hard and parents participate in their child's education. A program like ours is estimated at about $2M a year (The Wallace Foundation), yet we accomplish our objectives with much less. We are able to do this primarily through private funds, volunteers, and over 50 partnerships with other organizations.We welcome more of this. FY14 Budget Personnel Expenses $603,596 Facilities $186,728 Program Materials, Training, Scholarships $207,000 Marketing/Promotion $15,000 Insurance $20,750 Other Expenses (Audit, Automotive, Dues/Fees) $ 48,242 Total budget for the program: $1,081,316

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Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Principal Officer

Jose A Cruz

BIO

Jose's personal, educational and professional background is in line with the mission of BLCI. He has over 12 years experience in the field of education. He grew up in City Heights, a low-income community in San Diego, and is the first in his family to go to college. Jose graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from San Diego State University (SDSU), and holds a Master of Education Degree (Ed.M.) in Adolescent Risk and Prevention from Harvard University. While at SDSU, Jose conducted research on Latino implicit identification with high academic achievement and the effect that role models have on said identification. He published a paper on this in the Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology. While at Harvard, Jose researched early college high schools and worked as a Prevention Practitioner in one of Boston's most under-served schools. Before joining BLCI, Jose served as the Director of the UC San Diego Health Sciences Institute, an amalgamation of three academic enrichment programs that support disadvantaged students from 7th grade through medical school. In addition to his degrees, Jose has been trained in Leadership (UCSD, Fieldstone Foundation, and Center for Creative Leadership), Financial Management for Nonprofits (UCSD Extension), and he holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from Indiana University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Victoria Arthur Baron

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Term: Sept 2012 - Aug 2014

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