Who We Are:
Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) promotes the pursuit of higher education for first-generation college-bound and traditionally underrepresented students through after-school programs that begin in the third grade and extend through college completion.
BLCI serves predominately Latino students from the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego. The average annual income in Barrio Logan is less than $20,000 for a family of four (SANDAG, 2011). Ninety-five percent (95%) of our families fall under the median income guidelines as outlined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Furthermore, 100% of the students that BLCI serves will be the first in their families to attend college, and most will be the first to graduate from high school. In Barrio Logan, only 38% of adults have a high school degree or higher and less than 3% have a bachelor's degree or higher (U.S. Census, 2000).
What We Do:
The BLCI College Success Pipeline extends from 3rd grade through college graduation. All of BLCI's programs strive to create a College-Going Culture to ensure access to higher education to disadvantaged and underrepresented students by preparing them for college early and making sure they enroll in college.
We provide a wide range of college prep curricula, enrichment activities, and individual support to elementary, middle, high school, and college enrolled students and their families, with special emphasis on the ABCs of College Success: academic support, building skills, and college knowledge. Students are required to attend Steps to Success Workshops that address their most common academic difficulty areas and prepare them to make better short term and long term decisions. Students also participate in college and career field trips, which provide them with opportunities to explore their future college and career options. Students are required to attend individualized tutoring sessions up to four days a week from 3pm to 8pm.
BLCI's College Success Program serves 12th graders and college-enrolled alumni. This program offers individualized college advising services, pre-college orientation for students and parents, and the opportunity to complete for scholarships exclusive to BLCI graduates. The BLCI renewable scholarship is designed to enable students to attend the university that best allows them to meet their higher education goals, regardless of the price tag. The scholarship also serves as an incentive to encourage our college-enrolled students to prepare themselves for careers after graduation by making use of our college success services such as academic and career counseling, and networking and life skills.
Jose was in the first BLCI cohort in 1996 as a 3rd grader. Nobody in his family had gone to college and he was surrounded by competing negative influences in his community. Although Barrio Logan is rich with history, art and culture, it is also known for gang violence, poverty, and the low educational attainment of its residents.
BLCI looked out for Jose's best interest by ensuring he received a quality education at a local elementary school resulting in his admission to the Bishop's School in La Jolla. Jose worked hard during the day at one of the most rigorous schools in the county and came to BLCI in the evening after traveling several hours on a bus to receive the tutoring, guidance and support he needed to succeed at Bishops.
After much hard work and late nights at BLCI, Jose became our first high school graduate in 2004. With our help, Jose applied and was accepted to Yale University where he was admitted with a full ride scholarship. Julio Galindo, our last Executive Director, personally drove Jose from San Diego to New Haven, Connecticut and dropped him off at the gate of Yale University.
Three and a half years later, Jose graduated with a B.S. in Economics and came back to San Diego to work for City Link Investment Corporation as a Junior Analyst. Today, at age 24, Jose is the youngest member on the BLCI board of directors. He is a great role model to all BLCI students and the community as a whole.