Profiles of Success 2017
LATINO ADVOCACY CHAMPION AWARD
The Profiles of Success Latino Advocacy Champion Award is given to an individual or organization that has excelled in advocating for Latinos in Arizona and contributed a number of years toward Hispanic issues, giving their personal time, and making a significant difference to the communities they serve.
Be A Leader Foundation
For more than 18 years, the Be A Leader Foundation (BALF) has been supporting opportunity youth with financial assistance, personal mentoring and guidance in their pursuits of post-secondary education.
Through a suite of programs beginning in 7th grade, BALF fulfills a mission of increasing the number of college-bound students by educating and empowering students and their families. Ultimate success is achieved through long-term relationship and stewardship of their educational evolution from middle school into high school, culminating with active participation at the university level.
BALF offers the Be A Leader Institute High (BLIH) in response to the need to educate students between middle and high school, when they’ll need to be their most focused and prepared. BALF also offers a Senior Boot Camp, Be A Leader Institute Elementary, the Youth Leadership Conference, and Be A Leader Parent Clubs.
BALF served more than 3,400 students in 2016, 81% of which were Hispanic. A full 82% of their students are still enrolled or have earned a 2 or 4 year degree.