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Bronx Institute Receives $369,000 Grant from Toyota USA Foundation

July 7, 2010

The Toyota USA Foundation has awarded the Bronx Institute at Lehman College a three-year, $369,000 grant for the ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) Latino Collegiate Society, an award-winning academic enrichment program for Latino high school students from low-income Bronx families. The funds will provide a new cohort with year-round advanced instruction in mathematics, science, and the humanities during out-of-school time beginning this fall.

"We are grateful to the Toyota USA Foundation for its generous grant," said Professor Herminio Martinez, executive director of the Bronx Institute and a faculty member in Lehman's Department of Middle and High School Education. "This support will allow ENLACE to enhance and expand its program to serve a greater number of talented and enterprising young Latinos."

In response to their underrepresentation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields, ENLACE has been strengthening its program to provide Latino students with the foundation needed to pursue advanced math and science studies. ENLACE courses are taught by Lehman faculty and educators from public and private schools and include physics, mathematical problem solving, reasoning and proof, algebra, geometry, and precalculus. ENLACE also provides standardized-test preparation, mentoring, parent workshops, college visits, and college counseling. It is the only program in New York City designed to specifically target Latino middle and high school students with these aligned services.