Bronx Institute Awarded Two New Grants for ENLACE

November 19, 2014 3:35 pm Bronx Institute, Spotlight on Research

Dr. Herminio Martinez of the Bronx Institute

The ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society, a nationally-recognized out-of-school academic enrichment program of The Bronx Institute at Lehman College, has been awarded two grants: a $50,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation and a $20,000 grant from the Jonathan Levin Fund at the Time Warner Foundation.

The funds will be used to recruit a cohort of highly motivated Latino high school students from low-income families in The Bronx. The cohort will receive intensive academic instruction year-round, with a special emphasis on advanced mathematics and science.

“These grants from the New York Life Foundation and the Jonathan Levin Fund at the Time Warner Foundation will help prepare a new cohort of young Latinos for success in some of the most competitive colleges in the country,” said Professor Herminio Martinez, Executive Director of The Bronx Institute at Lehman College and a faculty member in the Department of Middle and High School Education. “We are very grateful for the generous support of both foundations over the years.”

Established in 2001, ENLACE gives students the skills and experiences needed to gain acceptance to specialized pre-college programs, to graduate from high school with honors and advanced New York State Regents High School diplomas, to prepare for and be accepted at academically prominent public and private universities, and to become leaders in high technology industries where Latinos are habitually underrepresented. Admission to ENLACE is highly selective: applicants are chosen after an interview and a careful review of their academic record, teacher recommendations, and personal statement.

The New York Life Foundation was established by the New York Life Insurance Company in 1979 to support programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, the establishment of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program.

The Jonathan Levin Fund at the Time Warner Foundation was established in memory of Jonathan Levin, a public school teacher in The Bronx.