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Latin Americans Working for Achievement (formerly the Latin American Women's Association) has been serving the Charlotte community for 25 years.  By providing extra help to elementary ESL students, offering higher education scholarships, helping parents navigate the CMS system, and preparing students for college, closing the graduation gap and improving the quality of life across generations.  Currently, the high school graduation rate for Latino students in CMS is 79%.  LAWA believes that by advancing education in the Charlotte community a positive impact can be made.


To work toward this objective, LAWA provides college readiness and access programs for students and parents.  One program, called the high school series, holds the following objectives: 

  • to increase the number of Latino students graduating from high school.

  • to encourage students to pursue higher education and attain bachelor/associate degrees.

  • to provide college readiness information.

  • to acquaint students to institutions of higher education.

  • to engage parents in the college process through informational sessions.

  • to invite students to apply for LAWA Youth Scholarships.

  • The program consists of four Saturday morning workshops during a school year.

Through the high school series, various experts deliver guidance and informational resources on subjects such as: SATs, FASFA, DACA, STEM careers, how to complete a college application, how to identify financial resources for college and other topics.  The goal is to assist students as well as parents.

The program also offers matching scholarship awards with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), UNC Charlotte College & University, and South Piedmont Community College (SPCC).


Note: Click on college titles to learn more about our higher learning  partner institutions. 

The High School Series is conducted in collaboration with local colleges and universities, Charlotte- Mecklenburg School system, Union County schools, and it is supported by local businesses, corporate partners, nonprofit and grassroots organizations.


Local high schools students from 9th to 12th grade, their siblings, parents and peers are invited to attend. It is important for parents and relatives to become involved in their childrens' eduactional process. 


Upcoming Session Dates and Topics:  

11/11 Technical & 2 year Careers

11/18 How to Finance your College Education

12/9 Latino Support & Campus Involvement

2/9 Latino College Fair

To register for the event please click the link provided:

Phone: 704-552-1003 

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