New Peer Mentoring Program geared to "Create Futures"

Photo of SUNY Old Westbury CREAR Futuros Peer Mentors and OW Staff members

SUNY Old Westbury is the latest institution to partner with the Hispanic Federation to take part in a program to increase the success of Latinx students in higher education. The College Readiness, Achievement and Retention (CREAR) Futuros program was designed to bring increased attention and resources, and improve educational achievement and economic opportunity for Latinx students.

At SUNY Old Westbury, students will be paired with a trained and knowledgeable peer mentor that will introduce them to campus resources and offer insight on how to make the most out of their Old Westbury experience. Other supports will include leadership development, career mentorship and internship opportunities for the students in the program.

CREAR Futuros, which means “To Create Futures” in Spanish, has supported approximately 7,000 Latinx students across four states since 2012 through peer and professional mentoring, leadership development trainings, academic tutoring, internships and social services to stay and graduate from college.

The Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to empower and advance the Hispanic community, support Hispanic families, and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of education, health, immigration, civic engagement, economic empowerment, and the environment.