The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican / Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute was recently nationally recognized as a Program to Watch by Excelencia in Education, an organization that helps to accelerate Latino success in higher education by promoting student achievement.

During the annual Examples of Excelencia review and selection process, Excelencia identifies innovative and/or up-and-coming programs that are making a positive impact on the success of their Latino students as Programs to Watch. Excelencia hopes that by bringing attention to these programs, we can encourage institutions, practitioners, funders, policy makers, and other stakeholders to keep an eye out as these programs continue to improve Latino student success.

Community-Based Organizations (CBO):
Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute
Questar III (NY)

Institution/Organization: Questar III
State: New York
Issue Area: Academic Program
Program Focus: Bilingual/ESL, College Prep
Year Started: 1990
The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute serves Puerto Rican/Hispanic High School students from across NYS to further our students’ mastery of educational standards, civic engagement, participation in government and critical thinking using Drs. Richard Paul and Linda Elder’s Framework for Critical Thinking. The program strives to develop civically minded, critical thinkers, and advocates in high school students from across New York State who have a deep understanding of New York State government. 75% of alumni entered a four-year college program immediately after high school whereas 95% are currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year program.

The Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute is an innovative collaboration with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS, Inc. conference, the New York State Education Department, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages and other agencies as appropriate.

Dr. Gladys I. Cruz
10 Empire State Blvd. • Castleton, NY 12033
Tel: (518) 479-6993 • Fax: (518) 477-1335

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