Liberty Partnerships

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Liberty Partnerships
At the core of Hostos Community College’s Liberty Partnerships Program is a high school accredited, year-round academic and cultural enrichment program enhanced by career and support services. The program currently serves 300 students of all nationalities, primarily Latino and African American students, per year. Special attention is given to students at-risk of graduating late or dropping out, including those with limited English proficiency.

The Liberty Partnerships Program at Hostos Community College serves two local high schools, and is partnered with universities and community based organizations, cultural institutions and local businesses to form an innovative, educational collaborative. Our college faculty, high school teachers and college tutors are united in challenging and motivating students to excel both academically and socially.

              Liberty Partnerships students taking pictures

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Support services and career awareness are integrated within the academic disciplines of computer science, SAT Mathematics and English Prep. Non-academic activities include dance, photography, and urban gardening. Career-oriented programs cover several workshops, such as business etiquette and resume building, Introduction to Health Careers, and CPR certification classes; Leading up to our partnerships with Summer Youth Employment Program/Work Learn Grow which give students real world experience on the job. Tutoring is provided by Hostos Community College students as well as students from other colleges, and college/career counseling is available at Hostos as well.

Liberty Partnerships students gardening


  • To increase the number of at-risk high school students who graduate, as well as enter postsecondary education
  • To maintain strong cooperative relationships with our partner high schools, community based organizations and other stakeholders, to ensure the achievement of higher learning standards and satisfactory performance on state exams
  • To reduce reliance on developmental and remedial instruction among LPP students pursuing postsecondary education
  • To ensure that LPP graduating students are admitted to a postsecondary institution of higher education or placed in an employment opportunity with a career path
  • To foster parental involvement in students education and decision making, as well as providing opportunities for their own improvement
  • To promote the professional development of high school faculty and LPP staff to enhance their professional knowledge
  • To nurture an appreciation of the cultural diversity of LPP students and their families while strengthening personal growth and social participation in their community

Partner High Schools:

  • Health Opportunities High School
  • Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science

Program Services:

  • Individual and group tutoring
  • Group counselling sessions
  • College workshops and tours.
  • Cultural / enrichment courses
  • Academic tutoring and homework assistance
  • Regents and SAT prep.

Program Information:

  • Must be a high school student attending one of the following high schools:
    • Hostos Lincoln Academy of Science
    • Health Opportunities High School
  • For students outside the above high schools; they must be interviewed to ensure the program can assist in their academic endeavors.
  • Provide classes and services in 3 sessions; Fall/Winter, Spring, and Summer.
  • Afternoon and weekend classes.
  • Most classes are provided at the high school.  Some classes are provided on the college campus.
  • Accredited Courses taught by Department of Education (DOE) certified instructors.
  • Classes meet once or twice  a week
  • All classes are FREE 

Alex Santana
Director of Liberty Partnerships

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse Rm. C-491
Tel. (718) 518-4188/89
Fax (718) 518-6818