Embassy Sponsored English Programs

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  2. Embassy Sponsored English Programs

English Access Microscholarship Program

The English Access Microscholarship Program (Access) provides a foundation of English language skills to talented youth from economically disadvantaged sectors. This program gives participants skills that may lead to better jobs and educational prospects through after-school classes and intensive sessions.

Participants also gain the ability to compete for and participate in future exchanges and study in the United States. Since its start in 2004, the Access program has had over 105,000 students from more than 85 countries participate. The program was initiated in Colombia in 2009 under the administration/operation of the Centros Colombo Americano and Alianza Educativa in Bogotá. Subsequently, Colombia has had more than 1,500 students benefited directly from Access.

Please note that this program does not accept direct applications as participants are selected from Colombian public schools by the administrators/operators.

Martin Luther King, MLK Program

In 2006, Embassy Bogotá launched the Martin Luther King (MLK) English language Fellows Program for Afro-Colombian and indigenous minority youth as a means to expand their academic and economic opportunities. Although Afro-Colombian and indigenous peoples constitute more than 25 percent of the total population of Colombia, many have long been neglected and disadvantaged. The MLK Fellows Program is meant to promote their economic and social empowerment.

The MLK program began in Bogotá as a pilot project and has since expanded to Cali, Medellin and Quibdó.

College Horizons Initiative

The College Horizons Outreach Program is a social impact project designed to serve the ever-increasing need to provide quality English instruction and mentoring to high-achieving Afro-Colombian and indigenous students from underserved communities. This program focuses primarily on preparing participants for college entrance while offering a better understanding of the United States. Additionally, College Horizons offers a mentoring component designed to provide new volunteers with an understanding of their roles and responsibilities and the culture of volunteering. Participants develop and maintain a healthy mentoring relationship that empowers young people to successfully pursue higher education. Since 2007 more than 1,200 Colombian high school students have successfully graduated with the College Horizons Program.