Program Overview







Al Éxito is a catalyst for the empowerment of Iowa’s Latino Youth!

Al Éxito's mission is to provide programming that builds the leadership potential of Latino/a youth through college preparation, career development, civic engagement, family support, and celebration of culture.


Al Éxito’s vision is to build a “better community thought Latino excellence!”


Al Exito's Goals are to Increase: 

  • School Attendance

  • Academic Achievement

  • Parental Involvement

  • Graduation for High School

  • Enrollment in Post-Secondary Education


Al Éxito values:

  • Education, the learning process, and evaluations

  • Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Safety for all we serve

  • Reflective and Forward Thinking

  • Cultura y Familia


Al Éxito's Strategies to achieve our goals: 

  1. College Visits, Al Éxito has designed college visits where Latino students meet with students, faculty, and staff that look and understand  what it means to be Latino on a college campus 

  2. Leadership Development, Al Éxito provides opportunities for students and leaders to present publicly and get involved and engaged in their communities

  3. Mentoring, Al Éxito provides group mentoring opportunities for our participants form college students, professionals, and community leaders

  4. Tutoring, Al Éxito supports all students' academic success. Group mentoring by peers is provided as well as traditional tutoring. 










Al Éxito Programs


  • Al Éxito Leadership Program provides programs that are culturally relevant, asset-based to develop Latinx 6-12thgrade leadership, college and career skills, as well as their civic engagement.


  • provides weekly afterschool programs culturally relevant, Middle School Al Exito Afterschool,asset-based curriculum that preserves and respect cultural values and tradition while promoting leadership and academic achievement in a safe environment. Middle school students are encouraged to dream big.

    • Middle to High School Transition Program special programs are created to assist middle school students transitioning to high school. 


  • Movimiento Al Éxito, High School Program provides an intensive weekly afterschool leadership, college preparatory, academic achievement, and civic engagement program. Movimiento interweaves three key strategies to develop student youth leaders 1) research/ data analysis; 2) leadership through civic engagement; 3) youth-led action. Students explore their identity and world while being empowered to make a change.


  • |drēm|sēd| is a youth-led business that partners with Spanish speaking business to promote Latino philanthropy and community support. Students gain valuable entrepreneurial skills and career development. All proceeds come back to support the program. 


  • Resilient Identity Community Alliance Al Éxito creates a positive environment to help all youth thrive and succeed. R.I.C.A. provided additional support for LGBTQ+ Latinx students and their families such as access to resources, empowered relationships, and mentorship specific to their needs. All students are welcomed at R.I.C.A


  • Al Éxito University is a three day/ two night camp, which partners with colleges from across the state, to provide intensive workshops for participants to impove skills and information needed to prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college. Workshops include skills need for college including effective study skills, SAT and ACT preparation, college admissions process, as well as financial literacy and student aid. Issues that are specific to Latinx students are addressed from educators and students who have experienced college and can share their knowledge. Most Al Éxito students are first generation college students and need additional supports that will be provided at the camp, including social and emotional balance and cultural awareness. Al Éxito University cultivate students’ leadership skills, especially focused on leading their own individual academic excellence.


  • Mary E Campos Scholarship Mrs. Campos exemplifies the mission of Al Éxito, in empowering the Latino community and especially youth through education, leadership development, and civic engagement. The Mary E. Campos Scholarship is in honor of her dream to see young people, especially students of color, continue to study and fill positions of leadership within their communities. The scholarship provides Al Exito participants, from across the state, whose dream is to obtain an education and to give back to their community, as Campos continues to give, additional funding for college. The scholarship is awarded to students who are engaged in their community, have a clear vision for their academic achievement, and are in need of support.


  • Padres Unidos Parent Programs bridge the gap for Latino parents between the U.S education system and their expectations and roles as parents to middle and high school students. Padres Unidos promotes high school graduation and explores roadmaps to higher education for Latino families. The program is also an opportunity to share current local issues in Spanish with families. 


  • AL Éxito students and leaders can present on several topics, but they specialize in what it means to be a Latino in school and Iowa today. Students present at conferences, teacher in-service and professional development days, school and city board meetings Presentations/ Professional Developmentand for community events. Contact us to have a student or leader speak to your group.


  •  is a special project with the support of MidIowa Health Foundation, Al Éxito gathered student leaders from across the state to focus on the mental health issues facing Latinx students in Iowa. Implementing a youth participatory action model. students are empowered to address issues that impact their lives. The taskforce has analyzed Latinx student mental health data results, prioritize issues, and create action steps to address the issues. The taskforce is training Al Éxito Youth Mental Health Taskforce their peers on addressing the issues with key stakeholders in their community.






To check out the impact our programs have made for our students, please 


Call Us @515-480-0904 |  PO Box 93531, Des Moines, IA 50393  |

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