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Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp

Donate NowDates: Sunday, July 26th through Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Location: BCTC, UK and EKU
Cost: $40 per student

About the LLCEC

The LLCEC is a unique experience that provides Latino and immigrant youth with an intensive college preparation and leadership development experience. Simulating college processes, high school students from across the state of Kentucky are able to enjoy a creative mix of college-like courses, leadership development workshops, team-building activities, cultural experiences, sports activities and social justice awareness. The LLCEC introduces participants to current college students, college professors, community leaders, and an extensive peer network. The close work with the professors allows students to forge healthy and challenging professor/student mentorships that focus on academic success and personal accomplishment. 

During the camp, each student is able to visit with representatives from all major colleges and universities in Kentucky, participate in workshops on college planning, financial aid and scholarships, and gain insights from leadership workshops, motivational speakers, community artist and current college students. The LLCEC integrates culturally responsive lessons within the courses provided and offers activities that expose the students to African American and Latino American history and cultural in an effort to help students better develop their self-awareness.  
 
Currently in Kentucky, only 17% of Latinos ages 25-64 have an associate’s degree or higher.  According to the CPE, 61% of Latino students graduating from Kentucky’s high schools are not prepared for college. The LLCEC has set out to improve these numbers. The program has served 260 students; of those who have completed high school 84% have enrolled in college. LLCEC participants have enrolled in nearly every Kentucky regional/ flagship institution and a variety of institutions within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The first LLCEC cohort in 2006 boasts a 79% college completion rate fair exceeding the state average for Latino students. While we have a lot of work to do to ensure all of our students complete high school prepared for college, enter college, and successfully progress, this program has shown promise that, simply put, it works. By combining academic preparation with leadership development and college coaching support, students have been able to succeed.  

In 2013, the LLCEC was named as an Excelencia in Education Finalist for the Examples of Excelencia Award.  


How to Apply (New and Returning Participants)

New and Returning Participants

Step 1: Complete the 2015 LLCEC application by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LLCEC2015

*PLEASE NOTE: Priority will be given to rising Juniors and Seniors. The LLCEC application window will close April 15th 2015 at 5:00pm EST. The LLCEC Selection Committee will select this year’s 2015 LLCEC Participants. Acceptance to the LLCEC will be determined by a phone call and a mailed acceptance packet will be sent to participants. Packets will include LLCEC permission forms and waivers. Accepted participants will have until May 31st to return permission forms, waivers and fees to secure LLCEC spot.

How to Volunteer

Want to do something fun this summer? BCTC’s Latino Outreach and Services office is in need of volunteers just like you! The 2015 Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp will take place on Sunday, July 26th – Sunday, August 2nd, 2015. There are many roles to fill as a volunteer. Below you will find descriptions of this years needed volunteers. 

All Facilitators, support staff, and interns are required to attend mandatory training June 26th - 27th.

To apply, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/llcecvol15 and complete the application.

Interns: Interns will work in the office of Hispanic Outreach beginning on June 1st, 2015 to support camp preparations and participant orientations.  Interns must reside in or close to Lexington, KY.  Interns will assist with camp orientation for new and returning participants, LLCEC event planning (such as fashion show, bailes, sports, etc), fundraising and more. The BCTC Office of Latino Outreach is an approved site for SW 444 and 445 at UK. Interns are strongly encouraged to attend a leadership retreat to prepare for the camp and will communicate with student participants before the camp begins to insure participation and understanding of processes and date.

Facilitators: Serve as peer mentors to camp participants.  During the camp, facilitators will also assist in culture, identity and history workshops/events.  Facilitators must be responsible and must be committed to the camps goals of motivating students to complete high school and attend college and encourage students to appreciate and take pride in the Latino/Hispanic culture. Facilitators are required to stay at the camp for the duration of the activities unless of an emergency or prior arranged absence with the camp directors. 

Support Staff: Will assist in some teaching and discussions during the camp. Support Staff positions include the following tasks, FACILITATORS may serve in these roles as well- camp training, facilitators will participate in team building activities, leadership development and encouragement specially designed for Latino college student leaders. Support staff roles include:

*DYF (Design your Future) Mentors: Each day, students will spend 1 to 2 hours completing a college readiness “road map” called Design Your Future. The director will keep attendance records of the student’s participation and will lead the students through the activities outlined in the guide.  The center will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Coordinators will be trained to use the guide and will receive free lunch daily. 

*LLCEC Camp Assistants: The assistants will support the LLCEC camp director with the day to day tasks and decision making responsibilities required for the camp to run smoothly. Such tasks include, but are not limited to, running errands, refilling supplies/refreshments, assisting with disciplinary issues, meal set-ups, cleaning, parent phone calls, assist with orientation events and field trips. etc.

General Support Staff

*Camp photographer *Camp nurse 
*Information Center Organizer
*Graduation Ceremony organizer
*Supply Director *Event Planner for Fashion show, speed networking, dance, etc
 

Volunteer Instructor: Volunteer instructors will teach a college style course during the camp.  Subjects requested by campers include:  Math, Creative writing, Chicano/Latino studies, Art, ESL, Biology, Chemistry, Astronomy, Computer Sciences, Martial Arts, Culinary Arts*, Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Medical Fields, Video Editing, Graphic Design, Immigration Law, History of Mexico, Visual Arts, Latino Ballroom Dance.

Sponsorships

“The LLCEC can't be put into words.
To understand it, you must experience it.
To appreciate it, you have to meet a young person transformed because if it.
It's beautiful chaos.
It's complexly simple.
It's where the past and the future meet to create a memorable present.
It's overwhelmingly worth it...”

Dear Community Supporter,

Currently in Kentucky, only 19% of Latinos ages 25-64 have an associate’s degree or higher. According to the CPE, 61% of Latino students graduating from Kentucky’s high schools are not prepared for college. The LLCEC has set out to improve these numbers, and the preliminary data is promising. The program has served over 260 students; of those who have completed high school 84% have enrolled in college. LLCEC participants have enrolled in nearly every Kentucky regional/ flagship institution and a variety of institutions within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. The first LLCEC cohort in 2006 boasts a 79% college completion rate fair exceeding the state average for Latino students. While we have a lot of work to do to ensure all of our students complete high school prepared for college, enter college, and successfully progress, this program has shown promise that, simply put, it works. By combining academic preparation with psychosocial care, students have been able to succeed.

Your support will empower us to continue to serve students as they finish high school and select a college.  If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us via the information provided below.

Donations should be made to:

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) Foundation, INC
ATTN: Latino Student Success
500 Newtown Pike
Administration Building
Lexington, KY 40508

Amigo/Amiga: $25.00 - $499.99
Donor will receive special invitations to LLCEC Events and LLCEC picture and materials.

Maestro/Maestra:  $500.00 - $1999.99
Donor will receive special invitations to LLCEC Events and LLCEC picture and materials.
Donor’s name will be listed on LLCEC Supporters page included in LLCEC binder and other curricular materials.

Compadre/Comadre:  $2,000.00 - $4,999.99
Donor will receive special invitations to LLCEC Events and LLCEC picture and materials.
School/Company Logo will appear on LLCEC Binder and printed curriculum and promotional materials.

Heroe/Heroína:  $5,000.00 - $10,000.00
Sponsorship will assist dormitory and meal costs, transportation and follow-up opportunities
Donor will receive special invitations to LLCEC Events and LLCEC picture and materials.
School / Company Logo will appear on banner, binder and all printed materials.
Sponsorship will be included in all press releases.
Sponsor will receive one table at the Latino Multicultural College Fairs held annually in the Lexington/Central KY Region.

Questions or information requests can be sent to the BCTC Latino Outreach Office at
BL-LatinoOutreachServices@kctcs.edu.