¡Vamos! at UNC Asheville

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The Office of Pre-College Outreach is proud to introduce the newly redesigned ¡Vamos! Para un futuro mejor Program, formerly known as Juntos, at UNC Asheville. The mission of ¡Vamos! is to promote student success and access to higher education. We work to provide Latino youth and their families with learning experiences that help them make their dreams a reality.

¡Vamos! is a free program currently available for 9th and 10th-grade students at Asheville High School and Erwin High School.


The mission of the ­¡Vamos! Program is to provide support for high school students so that they can graduate from high school and achieve their goals of higher education.

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What is ¡Vamos!?

¡Vamos! (pronounced “vah-mos”) which means “Let's go!” in Spanish, is a pre-college outreach program for Latinx High School students. Our mission is to provide support for Latinx youth to graduate high school and achieve their goals of higher education.

This program consists of high school students in 9-12th grade at Erwin and Asheville High School. However, we are currently only accepting 9th and 10th grade students for new enrollments. 

The ¡Vamos! Program aims to provide students and their families with the resources, knowledge, and skills to support them in their education. This includes, but is not limited to, tutoring sessions, family workshops and keeping in communication with school teachers and staff. We also provide one-on-one guidance and support to students who are struggling, as well as those who are going through the college application process.

We are proud to work with many community partners in an effort to support the Latinx youth through providing experiential learning opportunities and college tours.
Our hope is that once accepted into the Vamos! Program, these students will continue to be a part of the program through their high school years, 9-12th grade.


Contact Information

¡Vamos! Program Staff:

Alessandra Akers, ¡Vamos! Program Coordinator (habla español)
828.250.3985 or aakers@unca.edu

John O'Neil, ¡Vamos! Program Assistant (no habla español)
828.251.6563 or jfoneil@unca.edu

Asheville High School

419 McDowell St, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
Main Office: 828.350.2500

Erwin High School

60 Lees Creek Rd, Asheville, North Carolina 28806
Main Office: 828.232.4251

Norma Duran Brown, Family Outreach Specialist (habla español)
828.775.4191 or norma.duranbrown@bcsemail.org

Buncombe County Language Services

Vicky Arenas Lopez, School/Family Support Specialist (habla español)
828.350.2295 or translations@bcsemail.org

UNC Asheville

Office of Admissions
828.251.6481 or admissions@unca.edu

Office of Financial Aid
828.251.6535 or finaid@unca.edu