Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, every public school in Minnesota must transition to a Distance Learning program. While El Colegio always strives to be innovative and adapt our organization to any challenge, our families and community experience the most disparities when faced with the unique logistical challenges the current pandemic brings.
100% of our student body is Latinx and/or indigenous, which experience the digital divide the hardest. We have brave and dedicated staff who are delivering food, instructional materials, and other supplies to our students. However, almost 50% of our students do not have a home computer or a dedicated internet connection, and this number is increasing as family income-loss increases.
We are lending out our entire library of technology devices, and sharing resources with families that can get them broadband internet access for free or at a low cost. However, for a variety of complex reasons not all of our families qualify for such programs. This also includes inequitable access to food support, housing support, and even unemployment insurance.
We know that across the globe people are struggling, but we ask all those who are in a position to give to support our students and families however you can. Even a $5 donation can make a world of difference.
On this page we have five suggested donation amounts, wherein the amount you choose will go directly to that item or service. We of course also welcome donations of any amount of any designation you choose to specify.
We appreciate your support in whatever capacity you can during this incredibly turbulent time.
In community, El Colegio honors and builds upon the talents of bilingual students and their diverse families to provide the academic rigor, leadership skills, career preparation, and community connections necessary to fulfill their potential as change makers.
Communities worldwide are transformed by the El Colegio experience of liberation.
In community, we foster a space for healing and liberation through these values:
Identity: We support our youth and their families in recognizing and embracing their own unique histories, cultures, and languages.
Solidarity: We recognize that we all live in connection with each other; we must honor and support our youth to honor and embrace our communities.
Intellect: Success in life and community change requires critical thinking and a deeper level of consciousness.
Justice: We pursue our work not solely for the individual benefit of the youth and families we serve, but because we believe their role is critical in securing equity and opportunity for all members of society.
El Colegio High School is a free, public charter school located in the diverse Bancroft neighborhood of south Minneapolis. We are a small school, serving about 100 students through our academic program. El Colegio provides student complete high school successfully including counseling support, hands on college advising, and intensive support.
El Colegio has mastered the art of graduating diverse individuals who might not have otherwise crossed the victory line. Since 2017, 100% of our graduates have been accepted into at least one or more institutions of higher learning!
El Colegio is not only a high school, we are a community anchor. During the day, we have a more traditional high school program. Outside of school hours, we convene and host a large range of community organizations and groups that support leadership development, youth development, civic engagement, promote the arts, support advocacy efforts and link community members with needed services.
We provide an important sanctuary for key cultural events in Minneapolis. El Colegio is a known and trusted place for community members and organizations to come together.