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La Raza United

Listing Last Update: April 6, 2018


7037 Capitol St.
Suite E221 - Second Floor
Houston, TX 77011

Primary Contact

Luis Garcia-Alvarez

(832) 537-8249

Educational services

  • To study for high school equivalency
  • English language
  • How to use Computers/Technology
  • Volunteer at a Program
  • Information about the GED Test
  • Other
  • Citizenship Classes

Instruction Type

  • Classroom
  • Computer
  • TV
  • Family literacy program
  • Instruction in Spanish

Program Overview

The La Raza United (LRU) nonprofit

organization was founded in 2008 due to the great educational and leadership
gaps among at risk-families - primarily Latino - in the city of Houston. Every
day more Latino youths drop out of school, more adolescents get pregnant, more
families get separated, and more parents lose their jobs. Education and
leadership skills need to be an important part of an at-risk family. It was,
and it still is, a worthy idea to us: bringing human services through
educational and leadership resources for those individuals, for those teenagers
who have lost their path, for those single mothers who desire a better quality
of life for their children, for those parents who are proudly in charge of
their families and want to succeed and improve their quality of life, for all
of those who want to grow and succeed. That is why we founded LRU – to create
tools young people and parents need to break the vicious cycle, and then help
them achieve a better quality of life.

Mission Statement

Our mission: We lead at-risk youth and adults to further improvements in their quality of life and civic engagement.

Our vision: To be leaders in education and empowerment programs for at-risk youth and adults, offering excellent services that will achieve the best of our students so they can attain their goals.

Hours of operation: Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:30 pm, Fri 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Student and Volunteer Success Stories

Bertha Galván's Testimonial

"I thought that at my age (67) I would never be able to learn English, but I joined the Intensive ESL classes at La Raza United and I am learning! I am also part of the Zumba program since 2011. It has helped me to lose more than 60 pounds and to bring my diabetes under control. Currently, I volunteer in the Texas Multicultural Institute program as a Handicrafts instructor, and I am looking forward to new challenges"

Program’s Demographics/Metrics


Male: 30%

Female: 70%


16-18 5%

19-24 13%

25-44 56%

45-59 20%

60 + 7%


Hispanic/Latino 99%

African-American/Black 1%

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