The National Council of La Raza has developed an exciting and highly informative program to help develop young leaders and to ensure that all of its participants have the resources they need to apply to college!

Brief Program Overview

The Escalera Program is a 20-month after-school program for in-school juniors. This program is developed by The National Council of La Raza. Students will meet twice a week, during the summer, and and occasional weekends. The program requires that students complete an internship of at least 80 hours, earn a high school diploma, and enroll in college after the program has ended. The Escalera program focuses on college and job readiness, as well as developing personal leadership skills.


With this program there are many benefits to the participants. Some of the benefits include:

  • A paid summer internship
  • One on One mentoring and help with college application process
  • Help understanding financial aid
  • Fun field trips for all participants
  • Leadership development
  • You will be able to meet other students from different schools that are going through the same process – great for networking!