Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty by preparing underserved students to be the first in their families to go to college through after school programs that begin in third grade. Barrio Logan
College Institute

The Need for BLCI

Barrio Logan College Institute’s main priority is to positively impact the lives of San Diego youth and the trajectory of their futures. Students in our programs begin their college journey in 3rd grade. To date, 100% of our students have enrolled in college.

Research shows that low academic  attainment levels are associated with poverty, crime, low civic engagement and poor health outcomes.  At BLCI, we understand the need for our services to fulfill our mission of Breaking the Cycle of Poverty through education.

Our commitment to developing youth in the most underserved communities remains stronger today than ever before.  With your support, we can continue to ensure that more students receive our critical services to achieve their academic goals.



Our Locations & Programs

Barrio Logan
El Cajon
Chula Vista
Upward Bound

Established 1996 

Barrio Logan is the heart of the institute and serves 200 students as well as college-enrolled alumni. At this site, we test out new curriculum and theories which are then introduced to other sites. The majority of our families at this location are bilingual, Spanish and English, as well as first generation immigrants. We serve 20 students per grade from 3rd through 12th with support to alumni all the way through college graduation.  

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BLCI EL Cajon ( known in the community as YALLA ) is a nonprofit organization that utilizes soccer and academic programs to motivate refugee and immigrant youth to become college students. El Cajon has 40% immigrant and refugee population from Middle eastern backgrounds like Iraqi, Syrian, Iranian, afghani, and Pakistani.

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Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood (CVPN) is a comprehensive collaboration of partners focused on supporting family, education, health and community to support all children in the Castle Park neighborhood of Chula Vista to achieve academic excellence and complete a college and career track.

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The BLCI Upward Bound Program works with King-Chavez Community High School students to provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.

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Our Supporters & Partners

Las Patronas


  • I successfully navigated through college thanks to the resources and expertise provided by BLCI. I am eternally grateful for their continued support of my aspirations.

    Stephanie Silvar
    BLCI Class of 2016
  • As a current board member and former board chair of BLCI, I am always moved by the strength, persistence and enthusiasm of our students and families.  Their commitment to the goal of getting to college and pursuing careers, no matter the odds, inspires me every day.  The BLCI team, students and parents are a very special family and I am honored to be part of it.

    Jolyn Parker
    Board Member, San Diego Oasis
  • BLCI played a huge role for me because I feel that I learned about what college is and how it works through my attendance in the weekly workshops.  There was one particular specialist who was constantly excited to teach, so this motivated me even more.  He was a huge mentor and I never felt like an outsider. I felt very welcomed and I know BLCI will always be here for me. 

    Julieta Soto
    BLCI Class of 2019
  • BLCI gave me the resources and tools to pursue higher education and ultimately to break the cycle of poverty for not only my familia but for my comunidad as well. 

    Alexandra Morales
    BLCI Class of 2019
  • BLCI has supported me academically and mentally. It helped me surpassed the challenge of being at a University as a first generation college student. 

    David Ezpinoza
    BLCI Class of 2016
  • BLCI has changed my mindset especially with my education and how I have looked at college.  It also pushed me to become a role model, especially since I am a first generation college graduate and I want to help others by making sure they pursue higher education. 

    Nicolle Alarcon
    BLCI Class of 2016

Want to get involved?


Want to make a difference in a child’s life? Become a tutor, mentor or speaker for our youth, families and staff. Making a difference is easier than you think!

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Help our efforts to support our students as they prepare for the coming school year.

Donating is as easy as visiting our Amazon Wish List. Select your items and have them shipped directly to BLCI, or donations can be dropped off at any of our program sites.

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