An afterschool STEM program for Hispanic students

Hispanic youth from low socio-economic backgrounds represent an increasingly large percentage of students in the U.S. They are unfortunately an underrepresented group among those who study and pursue careers in STEM fields.

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Foundations

NLA has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WSU Foundation and the Yakama Nation Legends Casino Foundation.

NLA is one of the 10 inaugural recipients of the new Washington State foundation, Washington STEM, in the category of Entrepreneurial Awards for a project that will involve middle and high school students from Highland and Quincy School Districts in a STEM project exploring alternative energy in central Washington state.

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What We Do

Since 1999, NLA has been transforming the lives of rural learners using innovative strategies that inspire students of all ages to believe that they can excel academically and achieve ambitious life goals. Supported by funding partners such as GEAR UP, 21st Century and the Gates Foundation, NLA develops and delivers effective after-school programs and educational resources to schools, colleges and community organizations so that students from low-income families will be able reap the benefits of higher education.

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With the help of NLA, thousands of Hispanic and Native American learners throughout Central Washington are

challenging conventional wisdom

by demonstrating that they can exceed expectations and overcome the traditional barriers to success.

A value proposition

Innovative Stategies

NLA creates tools and strategies that are designed to inspire and motivate academic achievement among students from isolated and low-income rural environments.

Results-driven

NLA has an eleven-year track record of transforming the lives of rural learners by reducing drop-out rates, improving achievement on standardized tests and dramatically increasing the number of students who apply to and are accepted by colleges.

Committed to Partnerships

Since 1999, NLA has partnered with the University of Washington, Washington State University, Central Washington University, and Big Bend, Yakima, Columbia Basin, and Wenatchee V alley Community Colleges to provided programs in 70 schools in 27 districts across 8 rural counties.

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