Youth Engagement

ILS hosts student visits to Notre Dame to encourage and inform Latinx students on how to become a part of this higher education community.

ND Mentor Program: Hacia el Futuro


ILS partners two dozen Notre Dame undergraduate volunteers with Latinx high school students from St. Anthony’s High School Academy in Milwaukee, WI. ND undergraduates facilitate workshops on how to get into college as well as provide a tour and entertainment opportunity. High school students remain in contact via email and phone calls to guide them through their own college application process. This program has been in place since 2013.

Sueños sin Fronteras

Suen Os

Sueños sin Fronteras brings St. Joseph and Elkhart County 8th-9th grade students to Notre Dame for a day-long visit to learn more about college & financial aid. Parents also participate in a workshop, in English and Spanish, with faculty at Notre Dame. In addition there's a campus tour, a mock classroom lecture, and opportunities to learn about leadership, college goal-setting, and university life.

For more information please contact:
Institute for Latino Studies at 574-631-4440

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Holy Cross School

Holy Cross

For three years, ILS has collaborated with Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) to develop programs that address the increased enrollment of Latino students in Catholic schools across the country. 

Together, ILS and ACE’s English Language Learners Program developed a successful two-way, Spanish-English immersion program at Holy Cross School in South Bend. The program now boasts a waiting list for enrollment in pre-K through first grade, making this school one of the most sought-after grammar schools in the city. Learn more about the program's history.