N.C. Sli (Scholars’ Latino Initiative) serves Hispanic students across Chatham, Durham, Lee and Orange counties in North Carolina. Program participants receive a support network, academic enrichment and college and career preparation. The majority of students are first-generation college students and/or first-generation Americans who come from low-income households.
Approximately 20 percent of Sli Scholars are undocumented or have DACA status. Program participants tend to be in the top 25 percent of their class. Most Sli students take advanced classes and go on to enroll in a four-year college or university. Prospective Sli Scholars should be committed to academic achievement and personal growth, aim to serve their local communities and work collaboratively with others.
N.C. Sli provides advising and mentoring to ensure that its students succeed in college. The program selects undergraduate students from University of North Carolina to provide peer mentoring for Sli Scholars. Many of these mentors identify as Latinx, immigrant and/or first-generation college students.
Program participants receive three years of mentoring, which begins the summer prior to their sophomore year of high school. UNC also will provide scholars the opportunity to take classes on Latinx literature and history. Ultimately, this program allows students to participate in a transformative experience that will allow Sli Scholars to positively change the way they think about themselves and the world.
The parents of Sli Scholars also benefit from this program. N.C. Sli allows students to learn about their child’s high school and college experience through Familias Unidas por la Educación. Parents learn about the high school experience in the U.S., the college application process and financial aid. They also discuss parenting-related issues such as bullying, adolescent development, mental health and a family’s transition when a child goes to college.
College Greenlight allows N.C. Sli to track each scholar’s college application process, from building college lists to weighing different college options. As many students live far from N.C. Sli’s headquarters, College Greenlight has been a resource for communicating with and advising these students. Reach out to Alice Dolbow at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about N.C. Sli.