About CREAR Futuros 


CREAR Futuros

Hispanic Federation launched the CREAR (College Readiness, Achievement and Retention) Futuros program in 2012 to address the systemic barriers that prevent many Latinos from earning a college degree.

To address this crisis, HF works with higher education partners such as The City University of New York (CUNY) and private foundations and corporations to implement student retention and achievement models that increase the percentage of Latino students graduating from college.

The program is helping to boost Latino student GPA, retention, course completion, and graduation rates through the following supports:


  • Peer-mentorship

  • Leadership development

  • Internship opportunities

  • Connection to social services 

Only 15% of Latinos hold a bachelor's degree.

The lowest out of all other ethnic groups.

Program Model

Hispanic Federation

Host professional development events 

Offer internship opportunities 

Connect students to CBO programs & services 

Advance policies that promote educational equity & access

Partner University 

Provide peer-mentor guidance & support 

Manage program planning

Offer leadership training

Facilitate campus specific training

Student Peer-Mentors 

Provide peer support & safe space for 20 mentees 

Assess mentee goals & needs

Develop workshops & events to support mentees 

Attend professional development events with mentees

Student Mentees 

Receive specialized support from mentor 

Gain access to exclusive professional &

leadership development events

Boost GPA, retention & graduation  

New York, City University of New York 

Borough Manhattan Community College 

LaGuardia Community College 

Lehman College 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

New York City College of Technology 

Queens College


Naugatuck Valley Community College


University of Central Florida 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island College 

Participating Campuses

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