The ETL Education Foundation has developed strategic relationships with different community, corporate, and
civic organizations. These relationships provide important benefits for achieving mutual goals in serving youth.
The following is a listing and description of some of the organizations the ETL Education Foundation works with.
L.O.T. Program: L.O.T. stands for Leaders of Tomorrow. The program is sponsored by the National
Black MBA Association, Inc; Metro New York. The mission of the L.O.T. Program is to provide high
school students with awareness education and information about the economic and social
advantages of graduating from high school and completing college. It provides access to business
professionals and resources to help community youth in several aspects of their life, from choosing
the right college and career to living their lives with financial independence. ETL Education
Foundation members participate in the program and selected L.O.T. students participate in
Foundation programming, including the College Tour.
Leadership Development Institute (LDI): The Leadership Development Institute is sponsored by
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. LDI is a national initiative that aims to develop a twenty-first century
generation of leaders. In the northeast, LDI is convened in New York and the Baltimore/Washington
areas. High school students are identified and sponsored to participate in a leadership program
that culminates in a four-day intensive program of workshops and cultural experiences on a college
campus. The ETL Education Foundation plays a major coordinating role in the program. Further,
through its Virtual University Initiative, the Foundation manages the three to four week online
pre-institute program. Each year the ETL Education Foundation sponsors several students'
participation in Leadership Development Institute activities.
Westbury Schools: Over the last several years the ETL Education Foundation has developed a
special relationship with the Westbury School District (Westbury, NY); specifically Westbury High
School. Through student recruitment and financial support, the Foundation has provided Westbury
students with numerous College Tour stipends, mentoring relationships, and enhanced opportunity
to participate in other ETL Education Foundation programming.
GEAR UP: GEAR UP is an acronym which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for
Undergraduate Programs. It is a discretionary grant program sponsored by the United States
Department of Education. The goal of the program is to increase the number of low income
students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Over the years high
schools including Uniondale High School and Westbury High School of Long Island, and Michelle
Clark High School of Chicago have used GEAR UP funds to send over 100 students on the College