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.

padrino project

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.

parent seminars

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

Oberlin College

Phoenix College

Pomona College

Princeton University

Purdue University

St. Andrew’s University

St. Catherine University

St. Louis University

St. Mary’s College/Notre Dame

St. Mary’s University/San Antonio

Salem College

San Diego State University

San Jose State University

Santa Clara University

Seattle Pacific University

Scottsdale Community College

South Mountain Community College

Southern Illinois University

Stanford University

Syracuse University

Tufts 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

Vanderbilt University

Wartburg College

Willamette University

Antioch College

Arizona State University

Arizona State University/Sandra Day O’Connor Law

Barrett Honors College at ASU

Baylor University

Benedictine University

Boise State University

Boston College

Bowdoin College



Brown University

Carnegie Mellon

Catholic University of America (DC)

Central Arizona College

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

Chapman University

Coe College

Colorado College

Concordia College

Connecticut College

Creighton University

Dartmouth College

Devry University

Drexel University

Eastern Arizona College

Estrella Community College

Fairfield University

Gateway Community College

George Washington Law School

Glendale Community College

Gonzaga University

Grand Canyon University

Haverford College

Holy Cross

Jamestown College

Lake Forest College

Lehigh University

Loras College

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University-Chicago

Lubbock Christian University

MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Mesa Community College