youth leadership institute
The Youth Leadership Institute program for rising 9 thru 12 grades begins in September of each year. Students may enter at any level however will not be allowed beyond the September entry period. Students attend monthly/Saturday seminars with a focus on personal growth, leadership and college/career preparation enhanced with related activities, events and experiences.
In addition AGUILA students are exposed to many local and national leaders, educators, resources, programs and organizations providing additional support toward academic, personal and professional goals.
ayap (middle school component)
AYAP (AGUILA Young Achievers Program) is a specialized middle school program within AGUILA. A research based curriculum, AYAP seeks to prepare middle school students for high school success thereby increasing college application, enrollment and ultimately, college graduation.
The comprehensive project provides a web of support for students through monthly student sessions, parent seminars and specialized training for educators and counselors.
alma (aguila women)
ALMA is a gender-specific program for AGUILA women of all ages carefully designed to empower, enrich and enhance their journey to college and beyond. ALMA includes, but is not limited to the following opportunities:
- Special WOW (Women of Wonder) presenters
- Social gatherings that provide opportunities for personal development
- Special activities designed to enhance personal and professional goals
- Workshops with local and national leaders provide information and resources promoting healthy relationships, fitness, self-esteem, and wellness.
- Opportunities to engage in service learning.
men of honor (all men)
The nationally recognized White House Bright Spot - AGUILA Men of Honor Men of Honor provides a sense of belonging for young men promoting a strong sense of self and brotherhood that contributes to academic achievement, greater retention and graduation rates. Men of Honor are proud men committed to core values of Education, Leadership, Spirituality, Respect for Women, Community and Civic Engagement.
There is an African Proverb that states It takes a village to raise a child. The Padrino Project was developed as an opportunity to honor the desire of individuals who recognize the importance of preparing our children for college, career and life as future leaders. The concept is simple – the experience truly rewarding. Padrinos translated is Godparents which includes the Padrino (Male) and Madrina (Female). In AGUILA, Padrinos are considered to be Sponsors of students committed to the attainment of a college degree. Becoming a Padrino (Male)/Madrina (Female) to an AGUILA student is regarded as an honor and one that will ensure a dream made real.
Throughout the program parents participate in seminars designed to assist them in understanding the college process in support of their children. Parent participation is a requirement in building self-esteem, resilience and confidence in students while contributing to the communication process and bond between parent and child that is critical to high school and college success.
Our Alumni have enrolled, attended with some graduating from the following educational institutions:
Midwestern School of Medicine
New Mexico Highlands University
New Mexico State University
New York University Polytechnic Institute
Northern Arizona University
St. Andrew’s University
St. Catherine University
St. Louis University
St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame
St. Mary’s University/San Antonio
San Diego State University
San Jose State University
Santa Clara University
Seattle Pacific University
Scottsdale Community College
South Mountain Community College
Southern Illinois University
UCLA (University of California/Los Angeles)
United States Air Force Academy
University of Arizona
University of Dallas
University of Nevada/Las Vegas
University of New Mexico
University of Notre Dame
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California
UTEP (University of Texas El Paso)
Washington State University
Arizona State University
Arizona State University/Sandra Day O’Connor Law
Barrett Honors College at ASU
Boise State University
Catholic University of America (DC)
Central Arizona College
Chandler/Gilbert Community College
Eastern Arizona College
Estrella Community College
Gateway Community College
George Washington Law School
Glendale Community College
Grand Canyon University
Lake Forest College
Loyola Marymount University
Lubbock Christian University
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Mesa Community College