SoCal CAN has developed several programs in partnership with its membership to address critical issues impacting college access and success for Southern California's youth. Our programmatic work is central to building the foundation upon which we can advance public awareness outreach and policy and advocacy work around college access issues.
SoCal CAN programs include:
Through our partnership with the national KnowHow2Go campaign, we seek to increase awareness among students, parents and caring adults of the steps it takes to prepare for and be successful in college. Across television, radio, and the web, we promote that college-going is a reality for all of Southern California.
Our Peer Ambassador Program trains 10th - 11th grade students to host outreach campaigns about the benefits of going to college. Our "peer ambassadors" are taking the lead in developing school-based programs and activities that encourage other students to turn their college dreams into action-oriented goals.
Our CREWS Program (College Retention Excels With Students) is a college retention program that groups college-bound freshmen attending the same college into what we call a "crew" – a peer support group of friends that helps students manage their transition from high school to college.
SoCal CAN facilitates opportunities for members to lend their collective voice to issues impacting the educational aspirations of low-income, first generation students. Our partnership with The Campaign For College Opportunity has been central in strengthening our impact in this area of our work.