Empower Latino leaders through education


Every Latino male maximizes his potential to lead

Core Values Statement

Encuentros Leadership’s guiding principles: Honor, Educate, Empower, Lead, Serve, Advocate

Organization Description

Encuentros Leadership is a non-profit organization founded to encourage and support boys of Latino descent to achieve optimal performance in education. Encuentros’ culturally relevant programs connect with young Latino male students. Through respect of culture, Encuentros has nurtured relationships with young males, their fathers, mothers, and secondary family. 

Organization History

Encuentros Leadership was incorporated in Northern San Diego County by Latino leaders in 2003 in response to the historically low post-secondary education achievement levels of Latino males.   Encuentros Leadership is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, Latino community organization focused on advocating for the educational, social and economic success of young Latino males. 

 Encuentros Leadership has impacted thousands of Latino boys throughout San Diego county with their many programs. Today, our efforts have been recognized as an award-winning community response. In 2015 and 2016, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics identified Encuentros  as a “national Bright Spot in Hispanic Education.” In 2015 and 2016, Excelencia in Education, an advocacy organization in Washington, D.C., recognized Encuentros “for accelerating degree completion among Latino males” and for delivering effective, evidence-based programs. Encuentros was published in Excelencia’s 2016 edition of “What Works for Latino Student Success in Education.”

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