The Access College Foundation (ACF) guides students and their families through the entire college admissions process, primarily through their College Counseling Center and local ACF college consultants. They provide career search assistance to college-bound students with nationally recognized, award-winning skills/interests assessments. By carefully working to place students in colleges where their carerr interests will be best met, ACF ensures everything is done to help students through college and into a successful career and life.
The Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center provides a safe after-school environment where hundreds of youth in South Central LA nurture their dreams, participate in a variety of enrichment programs, and learn important social skills. Their CollegeTrack program provides students with academic tutoring, study skills, SAT prep, college admissions counseling, and scholarship opportunities.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, comprised of 21 free, public charter high schools and middle schools serving nearly 9,500 low-income students. Alliance employs the highest achievement standards and latest innovations in technology to prepare our students for success in college and future careers. Since our founding in 2004, more than 95% of Alliance graduates have gone on to college.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor have been helping young people grow into productive, caring and responsible citizens since 1937. There truly is no greater mission in our community, and we are honored to be part of this endeavor.opportunities.
The Bresee Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Wilshire, Koreatown, Pico Union, and Westlake neighborhoods by assisting youth and families in gaining higher levels of literacy, academic achievement, technological proficiency, career skills, health and well being, and overall family self-sufficiency. Bresee offers a complete range of family services (I.e. health clinic, technology training, spiritual development) for more than 2,000 individuals every year. Their college-readiness programming includes college prep workshops, student scholarships, career development and financial literacy.
Bright Prospect is an independent not-for-profit organization in Pomona, CA. Their mission is to increase the number of low-income students who enter and graduate from four-year universities. This is achieved through two successful programs: their Scholar Support Program and their Academy of Young Scholars. Both programs provide the counseling and guidance students need to gain admission to the best colleges they are qualified for with the financial aid they need, and also provide a comprehensive support system throughout students' college years so that they graduate with a bachelors degree.
Thehe California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) is a State legislated program established in 1978 that serves low income, first-generation students and/or students attending schools with traditionally low college-going rates. Cal-SOAP’s mission is to help students improve their academic performance and make information about postsecondary education and financial aid more widely available. The Long Beach Cal-SOAP Program serves k-12 students attending schools in the Long Beach Unified, Compton Unified, Lynwood Unified, and Whittier Union school districts. Students receive various services including one-on-one individualized college advising, tutoring, classroom workshops on college and academic topics, college tours, and parent education events.
The mission of the Campaign for College Opportunity (CCO) is simple; to ensure California produces one million additional college graduates between now and 2025 to meet the workforce demands of the future and ensure the state's economic prosperity. A key player in education reform across California, CCO's primary work revolves around strengthening their coalition of key education, industry, labor, and policy leaders and leading public awareness efforts which highlight the crisis facing higher education in California.
Career & College Clubs is a curriculum-based program designed to help middle school students plan for and assume responsibility for their future success. The two year program provides a structure for youth to explore their interests, linking those interests to potential careers and postsecondary education opportunities. CCC is currently operating at more than 130 middle schools across California, primarily those that serve historically underrepresented population. CCC is a program of ALL Management Corporation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and services to students and families so they can succeed in education beyond high school.
UNITE-LA is a non-profit established in 1998 that leads education reform and workforce development initiatives designed to benefit the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the United States. UNITE-LA’s mission is to promote and support an effective public education system in Los Angeles, emphasizing business and community partnerships with schools, so that all students have access to education and training opportunities preparing them for high-skill, high-wage employment in a fulfilling career of choice, and the regions’ economy and community thrives as a result.
Founded in 2005 by a group of concerned parents, admissions professionals, and nonprofit practitioners, CSO fills the need for better information and resources guiding underserved, first-generation college-bound students in their pursuit of college. While many schools and local programs across the country provide service to these students, few have the capacity to identify and connect with the many colleges and universities that have targeted these students for admission. With this in mind, CSO supports colleges and universities in their college access goals and create tools and programs to expand and promote the important opportunities these schools offer underserved, first-generation college students.
The Children Youth and Family Collaborative (CYFC) is a partnership of several organizations working jointly to serve at-risk youth and youth in foster care between the ages of 12 and 18. CYFC offers a mentoring program, a pre and post emancipation support program, and a jump-start program for K-5th grade in South LA.
College Access Plan (CAP) prepares underserved high school students to succeed in college. Their in-depth partnership with John Muir High School in Pasadena offers personalized support for all students through college preparatory workshops, one-to-one advisement, and adult-to-student mentoring. CAP's expert staff is on campus during and after school to address students' college-related needs. Additionally, they provide college readiness presentations to nearly 2,000 students at John Muir High School and Blair Magnet High School, as well as through collaborations with community and city organizations.
College Bound's mission is to provide academic programs and services that prepare students for admission into and graduation from institutions of higher education. College Bound has several programs for their students including Saturday School for 4th-11th grade students that is hosted on college campuses, Transition to College for 12th grade students, and other college advising services.
College Bound Today, a program of Creative Education Partners, is a mentoring program located in East Los Angeles, namely Montebello and Bell Gardens. Started in 2009 at Schurr High School, College Bound Today brought together 30 mentors to work with 80-90 students and their parents through the steps needed for admissions to four-year colleges. Currently, College Bound Today has plans to expand to high schools in Bell Gardens and Lynwood, CA.
College Match identifies low-income high school sophomores with strong academic potential and provides each of them (on an individualized basis) an intensive array of services, including college application assistance, college tours, financial services, and transition services. They work hard to provide these worthy students with the same support and assistance that they would receive if they had affluent parents and attended elite private schools.
The Community Build "Preparation & Retention" Program provides services for middle, high school, and college students and their families in the City of Los Angeles. Enrolled students are provided a complete range of services to guide them on their path to college success. Community Build also operates a college center at the Community Build Youth Center where students and community residents may access general college information.
Community Coalition works with African-American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and productive South LA with safe neighborhoods, quality schools and economic development based on the needs of the community. They offer a wide array of services such as Fighting for the Future which trains middle and high school students to lead the movement for school reform that will ensure every student a quality education, access to college, and the ability to succeed in a 21st century workforce.
Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) seeks to instill in our nation's youth a deeper understanding of citizenship through values expressed in our Constitution and its Bill of Rights and to educate young people to become active and responsible participants in our society. CRF is dedicated to assuring our country's future by investing in our youth today.
C5LA is a five-year youth leadership development program that begins with eighth graders and is designed to inspire high-potential, at-risk youth from under-resourced environments in Los Angeles to obtain higher education and personal success.
Our goal is for our youth to graduate high school, attend college and become productive, happy and successful adults who will live the C5 mission as “make a difference” adult leaders in their communities. C5 delivers five years of intensive leadership experiences in adventure camp settings, year-round leadership development programs, community service forums, and preparation for college and career development.
Determined to Succeed is a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization dedicated to providing an exceptional group of low socio-economic students with comprehensive year-round academic and enrichment support. The program includes bi-weekly after-school tutoring and a summer component that is critical to keeping the students actively engaged during the summer months. Students are teacher-selected in fifth grade to be guided through their middle and high school years, culminating in the college application/acceptance process. The same experienced educator coordinates students’ individualized programs and acts as their mentor throughout the seven-year program.
Families In Schools envisions a public education system where students have all the opportunities and resources necessary to succeed in school and in life. We seek a workforce prepared for lifelong learning, and active engagement in the civic life of our society. Guided by this belief, the mission of Families In Schools is to involve parents and communities in their children's education to achieve lifelong success.
The Fulfillment Fund is a college access organization that works with minority students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in overcrowded and under-resourced Los Angeles schools. They offer two different programs to help students succeed; a four-year high school program that provides classroom-based mentoring and a post-secondary program that provides college counseling services, financial aid, and scholarships.
GEAR UP 4 LA aims to significantly increase student success in high school, persistence in college and preparation for life-long learning. LAUSD was awarded a $21 million dollar competitiive federal Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant. All GEAR UP 4 LA schools are located in 3.3 square miles of the most densely populated region in the Pico Union downtown Los Angeles area. Students in this neighborhood find their high school choice to be those with the highest dropout rates, lowest performing in the state and the largest school enrollment.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s (HSF) mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans. HSF delivers a range of programs to Hispanic families and students through community outreach and education, affordability via scholarships, college retention and career opportunities. HSF supports a successful path for Latinos to attain a college degree - creating an increasingly valuable asset for a stronger, more competitive America in the 21st century. Celebrating its 35th year, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded over $300 million to deserving students, resulting in close to 100,000 scholarships to students in need.
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) empowers inner-city youth to advance their lives and revitalize their communities through enrichment, personal development and leadership programs. They offer arts, athletics, and educational programs of the highest quality for young people ages 6-19 who attend overburdened inner-city schools – children who are hindered by poverty, immigration status, and living in communities that are impacted by drugs and gang violence.
The "I Have a Dream" Foundation (IHAD-LA) is part of a national foundation that helps underprivileged children become productive citizens by providing a long-term program of academic enhancement, mentoring, and cultural enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education. Each year, IHAD-LA adopts an entire class of 1st grade students to participate in a 12-year long program including: Academic Support and Enrichment, Social & Emotional Development, College & Career Prep., Mentoring, and Parent/Family Engagement.
InnerCity Struggle has worked with youth and community residents since 1994 to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside. They organize youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together for social and educational justice. InnerCity Struggle also provides positive after-school programs for students to become involved in supporting local students' dreams to succeed in college, and beyond.
KIPP Through College (KTC) instills the academic, professional and character skills needed for KIPP alumni to be successful in high school, college, and the competitive world beyond. Each region and single site school develops its own local High School Placement/KIPP Through College Program specially structured to address the needs of the students and alumni. KTC programs aim to strengthen alumni retention efforts between the school and alumni as well as the alumni as a collective. Their service areas include academic support services, financial counseling, student and family counseling, and career services. KTC is a program of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
The mission of the Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) is to help students in high-need schools improve their academic achievement through collaborative partnerships with educators, parents and the community. Each year, LAEP serves more than 1,600 educators and 80,000 children from birth through high school in high-poverty, multiculutral communities across LA County. Their programs include: Humanitas, Career Academics, Science and Math Initiative, School-based Coaching, School Readiness Initiative.
Mar Vista Family Center (MVFC) provides low-income families with quality preschool education, youth enrichment, and educational tools to create positive change in their lives and in their communities. Their By Youth, For Youth program provides important leadership development for at-risk youth (ages 13 to 21) who then serve as mentors for younger participants (ages 5 to 12).
META was founded in 2000 to address the community need that existed to increase the number of Hispanics in Southern California attending and graduating from four year colleges and universities. Bob Mairena, CEO of Office Solutions, one of the top 100 Hispanic owned businesses in the nation, provided the impetus for the organization's founding and reached out to a select group of business associates and META was born. Today, the organization has grown from a handful of friends interested in raising money to provide scholarships to local students, to an organization that has the vision to make a large scale impact in the Southern California community.
MOSTE has a mission of helping underserved girls fulfill their dream of attending college while firmly believing change happens at the individual level – with one girl at a time. MOSTE recognizes the importance of offsetting the negative pressures that begin early in the lives of young girls and creating a “college-going” culture. From 7th grade through high school, MOSTE utilizes programs that combine personal growth with academic skill-building as the key to breaking the cycle of gang involvement, reducing teen pregnancy rates, preventing substance abuse and reducing dropout rates.
One Voice's mission is to provide goods, services and opportunities to the underprivileged, including everything from crisis intervention to long-term programming designed to lift families out of poverty, while providing avenues for those more fortunate to become involved in helping families in need. Their intensive wrap-around service model follows each individual scholar throughout his/her entire college career and addresses the entire spectrum of challenges that would otherwise prevent him/her from attending and graduating from college.
Operation Jump Start (OJS) is equips disadvantaged Long Beach youth with the skills and vision necessary to graduate from high school and go on to realize their potential through a college education. OJS provides each student with a dedicated volunteer mentor who promotes academic persistence and encourages post-secondary education beginning in the 8th grade and continuing through high school graduation.
Partnership Scholars is a college-access mentoring program that hosts cultural activities for selected students starting in 7th grade and culminating in 12th grade that also include admissions and scholarship assistance to a 4-year university. Started in 1997 at Lennox Middle School, Partnership Scholars has inducted over 500 students into the program. An estimated $11,000 is spent on each child for travel expenses, school supplies, and general scholarships.
The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains student leaders from public high schools to form multicultural teams called “Posses.” These teams are then prepared, through an intensive eight-month training program for enrollment at top-tier universities nationwide to pursue their academics and to help promote cross-cultural communication on campus. In their 18 years, 1,850 students have been placed into colleges and universities with over $175 million in scholarships awards from partnering institutions.
Project GRAD LA (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams) works to assist over 20,000 students in the Northeast San Fernando Valley attend and succeed in college. Project GRAD facilitates partnerships with K-16 teachers, administrators, parents, students, community leaders, and businesses to increase the number of students entering and succeeding in college.
The Center's mission includes developing and utilizing theories which have an impact on educational practice. The goal of the Center is to provide analysis of significant issues to support efforts to improve postsecondary education. Such issues intersect many boundaries. The Center is currently engaged in research projects regarding effective postsecondary governance, emerging organizational forms such as for-profit institutions, financial aid and access for students of color, successful college outreach programs, the educational trajectories of community college students, and the retention of doctoral students of color.
Established in 2002, Scripps College Academy (SCA) is a free year-round college-readiness program for high-achieving young women in the greater Los Angeles area. SCA helps students who may lack the resources necessary to prepare for success in top colleges and universities. Through mentorship from Scripps College faculty and staff, participants develop the confidence and skills to be well-prepared college applicants, successful college students, and professionals who create positive, lasting change.
South Central Scholars (SCS) assists highly motivated high school students from South Central LA to achieve success in college and graduate school. Through scholarships, jobs, internships, and mentorship, the students of SCS develop their full potential and are becoming future leaders in their communities.
UC Berkeley’s Incentive Awards Program is a pre-collegiate academy that offers academic enrichment, service learning, and a six-week summer, residential experience for high achieving, low-income middle and high school students from Los Angeles. Scholars take a math and writing course, receive tutoring by current UC Berkeley undergraduates, and participate in leadership seminars, community service projects, and various cultural activities.
The UCLA Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College Scholars Program , known as VIP Scholars, is a partnership between UCLA and the Los Angeles and Pasadena school districts to help prepare underrepresented students become competitively eligible for admission to UCLA and to encourage the pursuit of a graduate/professional education. VIP Scholars services include college preparatory workshops, Buddy Days, Parent Nights, Saturday Academies, college advising and career seminars.
The mission of Uncommon Good is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and to work for the restoration of our planet. These two goals are intertwined, since the alleviation of poverty depends upon having a healthy earth with enough resources to support everyone. They accomplish these goals by helping underprivileged children succeed in school and go to college, by supporting young doctors who are bringing health and wellness into underserved communities, and through a variety of environmental initiatives.
United Friends of the Children (UFC) addresses the unmet needs of LA County’s foster youth – a most vulnerable and under-served population. UFC provides support services to more than 2,000 current and former foster youth each year, including assistance with high school completion, housing, college admission, and personal development.
The vision of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) is to increase the enrollment and graduation rate of under-represented students to the University of Southern California. Their Pre-College Enrichment Academy, beginning in the 6th grade, offers a full complement of educational and social services to low-income students and families living in neighborhoods contiguous to USC.
Volunteers of America (VOALA) is one of the nation's oldest organized charities, committed to bringing lasting solutions to the less fortunate in the Greater Los Angeles area. Their Educational Talent Search, a program that helps low-income students in grades 6-12 prepare for post-secondary education, is designed to help those students who demonstrate the potential for higher education. Participants receive academic instruction, counseling, college admission assistance and career guidance.
Supported and operated as an educational activity of the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc., Young Black Scholars is a comprehensive college preparatory program for African American and other minority high school students. The program brings together some of the best and brightest future leaders to participate in more than 40 workshops, programs, seminars, and conferences throughout the academic school year. Since 1986, YBS has assisted more than 21,000 students realize their dreams of attending college.
YouTHink is an innovative arts and education program offered by the Zimmer Children’s Museum that currently serves upper elementary through high school students in the Los Angeles area. YouTHink utilizes the power of art to foster critical thinking about local and global contemporary issues and work to empower youth to use their voices to take action for positive social change. They offer arts-based lessons in LA public schools along with professional development opportunities for teachers. In addition, their youth services provide meaningful leadership and community involvement opportunities outside the classroom.