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Growing 

Ramos 

Association 

Cultivating 

Inclusion and 

Academic 

Support

Founded on a Mission

We are a nonprofit organization devoted to providing resources and mentorship to individuals of the Latino community in Metro Atlanta, empowering them to pursue higher education

About the Latino Community in Metro Atlanta  

  • 2nd biggest growing ethnic group, increasing at rate of 31% (source: Atlanta Regional)

  • 1/4 or 1/3 of students in school districts are Latino (Atlanta Regional)

  • no greater than 12% enrollment in most colleges and universities are Latino (Excelencia in Education)

  • only 45.8% of Latinos pursue a college education (Excelencia in Education) 

  • highest drop-out rate of any ethnic group (Excelencia in Education)

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source: Excelenica in Education

Common Barriers to Higher Education

  • Insufficient funds to afford a higher education 

  • Limited accessibility to college prep programs

  • Unawareness of the college application process, financial aid, and adapting to college 

  • Responsibilities at home from caring for family or responsible for bringing in income 

  • Cultural and family expectations 

  • Imposter syndrome 

Community Outreach Events 

Going to public schools and community centers holding events where we 

  • Connect students with current college students and alumni 

  • Provide information about college options and the application process 

  • Provide information about financial aid and scholarships 

  • Advice about better preparing and adapting to college 

  • Assist with completing the FAFSA 

Mentorship

We pair current college students with high school students during their last semester of high school and first semester of college. The pair will meet monthly to provide the mentee with personalized advice and a feeling of community and support. 

Scholarship

Starting 2024, we will provide select applicants with scholarships to help fund their education. More details coming January 2024!

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Our Services

At GRACIAS, we focus on lowering these barriers, empowering latinos to pursue higher education and better careers. 

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Since starting in September 2023, we have raised $8,020 towards our mission! Gracias to our donations and business supporters!

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