Our Students

Since 2004, DCP graduates have triumphed over challenges both academic and personal to become the first in their family to graduate from college

DCP alumni have among the highest rates of college matriculation and are four times more likely to graduate from college than their peers nationwide. DCP’s values – ganas, comunidad, and orgullo- have been central to realizing our mission and continue to guide our work. The vast majority of these students are low-income, Latino youth, whose families have limited educational attainment.



80% of incoming students performed 2+ years below grade level in English and/or Math



90% are from low-income families



41% of their parents have less than a high school education & 4% of their parents have a college degree



96% are Latino

  • Esly came to DCP not knowing English, now she’s college-bound!

  • Princeton is the next step for Rodrigo in his quest for discovery in Molecular Biology.

  • Raylene planned to attend a community college until she received a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University.

  • Jesus aims to disrupt the statistics and serve as an example to his community by graduating from UCLA.

  • “She did it for grandpa,” says grandma of Yesenia’s path to UC Riverside.

  • At DCP, Sandy realized her desire to help first-generation youth find their purpose.

  • Roland’s confidence and grades are up after transferring to DCP–now he’s headed to De Anza College.

  • After visiting UC Davis, Luis and his family committed to his path.

  • DCP pushed Alma to set big goals. Now, she’s headed to UC Davis.