Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI).

Graduation season is quickly approaching. It’s time to stock up on the festive balloons, greeting cards, and flowers! Soon, Yaxche Morales will be walking across a stage to celebrate an important milestone. Although she is moving from elementary to middle school, as a first-generation, college-bound student, Yaxche will be one step closer to breaking the cycle of poverty in her family.

At Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), graduation season is what they are all about. Since 1996, BLCI has been preparing students to be the first in their families to go to college, through after school programs that begin in third grade. While the average parent education level is 5th grade, to date, 100% of BLCI students have graduated from high school and 100% enroll in college, but BLCI celebrates more than that.

At BLCI’s graduation ceremony every step to success counts! Elementary school students move on to middle school, middle to high school and high school to college. The college graduates come back to offer words of inspiration to those who are coming up behind them. Even BLCI parents graduate with their GED’s, Associates Degrees, and on occasion, Bachelor’s Degrees, because they have been inspired by the success of their children. At BLCI the community graduates!

This year all BLCI high school seniors have all been accepted to great institutions of higher learning and are looking forward to using their education to improve their future for themselves and their community. Through higher education, BLCI creates change agents who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

BLCI would like to share the pride of this graduation season with all of the generous San Diegans who, through their gifts of time, talent and treasure, have helped to make its students’ college dreams a reality.