Increase college enrollment and completion among Latino youth who are first in their family to attend college by providing guidance and access to opportunity through education, advocacy, and collaboration. We transform lives by making college dreams a reality for first-generation students.


    We strive to ensure that all Latino youth have the opportunity to earn a college degree and fulfill their remarkable potential. 

    Higher education paves the way for a better and brighter future, especially in a rapidly evolving economy. LUCA seeks to level the playing field by partnering with first-generation Latino youth to help them achieve their dreams. Through advocacy, community education, and student workshops, LUCA promotes college enrollment and prepares students for their journey to graduation.

    Planning for college and making college a successful, affordable experience can be a challenge. Our programs educate, guide, and support students through the complex process, including submitting applications, qualifying for financial aid, and admissions. We provide bilingual, culturally-relevant assistance to help Latino students and their families achieve their dreams.

    LUCA Programs


    LUCA supports scholars from college exploration to college completion by providing guidance and access to opportunity through education, advocacy, and collaboration. The organization is committed to advancing educational equity by enhancing the quality and intensity of support that low-income Latino students receive. Programs are designed and implemented to ensure first-generation, low-income students get “to and through” college successfully. Please click here or the above Latino Scholars' picture.