ADVANCING LATINX ACHIEVEMENT & SUCCESS

Advancing Latinx Achievement & Success (ALAS) is a community-driven, county-wide conference that aims to increase college admissions and STEM career exposure to our Latinx students. Since 2019, under Silicon Valley Education Foundation's (SVEF) leadership, ALAS organizes activities and supplies targeted resources to promote college readiness for elementary, middle, and high school students. Over 160 schools across Santa Clara County participate, of which many of their students will be the first in their families to go to college. 

ALAS 2022 IMPLEMENTATION Q&A

HOW TO ACCESS ALL THE VIRTUAL CONTENT? 

ALAS 2022 virtual content includes a series of inspirational speakers, Latinx cultural immersion videos, live parent workshops and grade-specific workshops for students and their families. In order to access each workshop, you must complete the registration link below. All contents will be available starting March 2, 2022! 

Please register for audience-specific workshops below:

HOW TO EMBED ALAS 2022 VIRTUAL CONTENT INTO YOUR DAILY CURRICULUM? 

All ALAS 2022 virtual workshops are designed in small bites (15-30 maximum in length). It is great for you to present these videos during a school assembly, a college readiness lesson, break time and assign the College Activity as homework for students to complete. If you're planning lessons for multiple grades, check out the K-12 Fast Forward to College Curriculum below for more detailed lesson plans. 

 

Here is a sample of 45-60 minute lesson plan:

  1. Show an inspirational speaker

  2. Show a cultural immersion video

  3. Show a chosen lesson and work on college activity 

LESSON PLANS

K-12 FAST FORWARD

TO COLLEGE CURRICULUM

 

Designed by UC Berkeley Center for Educational Partnerships, the Fast Forward to College lesson plans aim to create a college-going culture for your students. The resource includes 25-30 minute lessons for elementary, middle and high school students where educators can easily embed them into your existing lesson or activity of the day. 

SAMPLE LESSON

ARE THE WORKSHOPS APPROPRIATE FOR MY NON-SPANISH SPEAKING STUDENTS?

All workshops are in English and some Spanish. We encourage you to show these videos during instructional hours or after-school activity hours so your students can discuss them with their peers. 

If you have any other questions and concerns, please email alas@svefoundation.org

ALAS 2022 INSPIRATIONAL & CULTURAL VIDEOS

 

LIVE PARENT WORKSHOPS
Event  Recording Coming Soon!

All workshops are available in English & Spanish.

WORKSHOP 1

College 101

Introducción a la Educación Superior en los Estados Unidos

This 60-minute session will present a general overview of the higher education system in the United States. We will discuss the different types of institutions, degree programs, financial aid available, and the many ways you can help your student succeed and navigate higher education!

Esta sesión de 60 minutos presenta una descripción general del sistema de educación superior en los Estados Unidos.
Explicaremos los diferentes tipos de instituciones, títulos académicos, ayuda financiera disponible, y  las muchas maneras en las que puede ayudar a su estudiante a navegar la educación superior con éxito!

WORKSHOP 2

Exploring Career Options

Analizar las diferentes opciones de carreras

 

This 60-minute session will review why it is important to start to talk with your children about different careers when they are in middle school. Specifically, we will explain the 15 California Career Strands.

Esta sesión de 60 minutos repasará por qué es importante empezar a hablar con sus hijos sobre las diferentes carreras cuando están en la secundaria. Específicamente, explicaremos los 15 sectores industriales en California.

WORKSHOP 3 

(for parents with Juniors & Seniors)

Supporting Your Child's Transition to College

Apoyando la transición universitario de su hijo/a

 

During this 60-minute session, participants will gain knowledge of common pitfalls that students face & how families can address them with their students, understand the emotional stages students may go through, and gain resources to help them support their child’s transition to college.

En ésta presentación de 60 minutos, los participantes aprenderán sobre  algunos de los obstáculos más comunes que estudiantes enfretan y de qué manera pueden hablar de ellos en familia;  Asi como también, entender las diferentes etapas emocionales por la que los estudiantes pueden pasar y aprender sobre maneras en que se puede apoyar al estudiante en su transición a la universidad.

 
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

COLLEGE ACTIVITY

FAST FORWARD TO COLLEGE

 

Inside you will find several activities that will start you on your path to thinking about and preparing for college. The objective of this workshop is to foster college and career readiness at an early age. Composed of 30 interactive lessons and activities, they are easily implemented into classrooms, after-school programs, and community settings.

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WORKSHOP 1

Promise Stories:

Inspiring Public Service

 

What ideas do you have to make your neighborhood a better place to live? Our speakers will discuss their journeys in public service and education. They will also conduct a read-aloud on a book that connects to their hopes for young people.

WORKSHOP 2

Promise Stories:

Inspiring Young Readers

 

How does reading inspire me to learn about myself and the world? Our speakers will discuss their journeys in education and helping children develop a love for reading. They will also conduct a read-aloud on a book that connects to their hopes for young people.

WORKSHOP 3

Promise Stories:
Inspiring Healthy Futures

 

What healthy habits can I practice every day? Our speakers will discuss their journeys in education and working with public health leaders in our community. They will also conduct a read-aloud on a book that connects to their hopes for young people.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

COLLEGE ACTIVITY

EDUCATING MYSELF BENEFITS OTHERS!

 

Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." The objective of this activity is for students to learn how the community benefits from higher education and explore how important they are to a community and a global society beyond their families. 

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WORKSHOP 1

Introducing CaliforniaColleges.edu 

 

Need an introductory resource to guide you through your academic journey? Sign up for this workshop to learn how CaliforniaColleges.edu can help middle school students and their families to plan their academic journey for whichever college and career of your choice. 

WORKSHOP 2

From Middle School

to College

 

This workshop will cover four key areas students can prioritize and focus on while in Middle School that will help them be successful in their future academic journey. We will introduce these four key areas, give tips/advice to students and highlight the importance of Middle School for students who are interested in pursuing higher education.

WORKSHOP 3

How to Tell Your

First-Gen Story

(Recommended for grade 8+)

You've overcome insurmountable obstacles. You've shed many tears. You've questioned your qualifications. Your story is powerful! How to Tell Your First-Generation Story teaches you how to tell your unique story to prospective colleges and employers. You'll also learn tips to promote your story on social media and with your network.

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HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

COLLEGE ACTIVITY

MY COLLEGE GOALS

 

The object of this exercise is for students to brainstorm goals related to post-secondary education. It's crucial for our students to understand that the road to academic success is different for everyone and that it is not easy and something our students can do alone. 

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WORKSHOP 1

College & Financial Aid

101

Thinking about going to college? Join us to learn about the benefits of college education, the different types of higher educational institutions, and the different financial aid sources available to help you pay for your education.

WORKSHOP 2

Interested in attending California State University?

 

Attend this presentation to learn more about the 23 campuses of the CSU, the Cal State Apply application, CSU requirements and the admission process to enroll at a California State University - San José State University. You will also hear more about San José State University and how you can become a Spartan.

WORKSHOP 3

Introducing the University of California

 

Tune in to this 30-minute session to learn more about the University of California and the student experience! You will hear from five recent UC graduates and get an overview of the admission requirements, the application process, and the nine campuses that offer undergraduate education.

SPECIAL WORKSHOP

Spartan East Side Promise

 

If you’re a high school student from the East Side High School District in San Jose, CA, please join us to hear about the Spartan East Side Promise and how you can become a Spartan at San José State University. 

 

For more info about this promise, click here.

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WRITING

VIRTUAL COLLEGE CAMPUS TOURS

MORE ACTIVITY IDEAS

In addition to integrating ALAS content in your Lesson Plan, there are a lot of ways for teachers and parents to engage students and add to the fun inspiring more students to go to college. How about wearing a t-shirt or a sweatshirt from your alma mater? Or share your own college experiences and fun facts about going to college. The list below contains a lot of little ways to help ALAS make a big difference for your students and their futures.

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TRY THE FOLLOWING COLLEGE DAY ACTIVITY IDEAS

  • Wear clothing from your alma mater or favorite college

  • Post pictures from your alma mater or favorite colleges

  • Describe your own college experience to students

  • Share fun facts about going to college

 
 

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