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Welcome  to  the  Mentoring Latinas  website!

Club Amigas/Mentoring Latinas is an innovative mentoring program that brings adolescent Latinas, daughters of immigrant families, onto college campuses to be mentored by Latina college women. Mentors and mentees meet weekly at Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus, where students get homework help, work at Fordham’s computer lab, learn to trust and confide in their mentors and get a real taste of college life.

We offer training for mentors, field trips, cultural enrichment activities, visits to live performances and interactive sessions with successful Latinas. Each year a rigorous program evaluation is conducted.

Club Amigas also sponsors parent meetings conducted by a bilingual licensed social worker that address issues for those raising bicultural daughters.

By providing a setting for close relationships between teenage and college Latinas, Club Amigas reinforces college ambitions and fosters a healthy bicultural attitude that leads to school and social success. Since 2003, we have built confidence and college ambitions in young Latinas and helped them to overcome barriers they face in the United States. The expected result is that more Latinas will enter the workforce as confident, educated, productive young women.

Club Amigas can be replicated on any college campus located near a Hispanic community. We offer a comprehensive handbook to help in the replication process.

Mentoring Latinas In the News

Club Amigas Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 (PDF)
Newsletter | 2011 - 2012

Balancing Heritage & Leadership: A Call to Action
Huffington Post | October 14, 2011

Fordham's New York: Mentoring Latinas (PDF)
Fordham Magazine | Summer 2011

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Dr. Ellen Silber at
What is the current outlook for Latinas in school?

41% of Latina students do not graduate on time with a standard diploma.
One third of girls surveyed do not expect to achieve their educational goals.
Latinas have the highest teen pregnancy and teen birth rates of any racial or ethnic group—almost twice the national average. Approximately 53% of Latinas give birth at least once before age 20.
Most Latinas lack an educational role model. Only one in ten Latino children has a parent who attended college; thus the need to connect them with positive role models and engage them in goal-setting.

* Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation. (2009). Washinton, DC: National Women's LawCenter & Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
The attempted suicide rate of Latinas at 17% is 150% higher than any other group of girls in the United States.

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