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Escalera Conexion Americas

  • Escalera Conexion Americas
  • 2195 Nolensville Pike
  • Nashville, TN 37211
  • (615) 320-5152

Program Description

Escalera is a national program developed by the NCLR. Conexion Americas is one of the 22 organizations across the country, but the only one in TN that is currently implementing this curriculum.

The Escalera Program: Taking Steps to Success promotes economic mobility for immigrant and refugee youth by increasing educational attainment, career planning, and access to information about professional careers.

The program provides the following for each student:

  • - Access to a required 80 hour internship over summer 2014
  • - Opportunities for parent workshops & college tours
  • - Support for each student to apply to 3 post-secondary institutions
  • - Support for each student to graduate with a high school diploma
  • We are currently implementing the Escalera Program at Glencliff High School with first-generation immigrant and refugee students in Nashville, TN.

    Best Practices Library

    1) Make one-on-one time to meet with every student and keep a log of case notes as sometimes is hard to remember personal details of every student (work schedules, extracurricular activities, personal challenges, etc.) 2) Reward students with monthly incentives such as gas cards or other type of gift cards. 3) Create a student leadership council to help you run the program at the school level. 4) Text/call students to remind them to attend the meetings. 5) Collect and listen to the students` feedback.

    Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College transition and retention support
    • Community service/service hours
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services


    Race & Ethnicity

    • Hispanic/Latino: 70%
    • Other: 30%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 368
    • Middle School: 70
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 0
    • Non-traditional: 79

    Populations Served

    • Academically High-performing
    • ESL Students
    • Undocumented Students (5)


    • More than 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Belmont University
    • East Tennessee State University
    • Tennessee Technological University
    • Trevecca Nazarene University