Higher Education Mentoring Program
The Higher Education Mentoring Program provides low-income Latino high school students with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and succeed in college. This is accomplished largely through the support of Latino college student and young professional mentors who are the voice of encouragement that says, “If I can do it, you can do it!” And indeed, they do. Not only do all of the youth we serve go on to attend college, but 85% of our students proceed straight to four-year universities.
“Growing up in a single-parent household was difficult because money was scarce. I wanted to not only be the first in my family to graduate high school, but the first to attend college. But I wasn’t sure how to get there or what steps I would need to take. The Higher Education Mentoring Program took me step by step through the college preparation and application process. It pushed me to strive for a better future that includes a college degree and well-paying career.”
– Cristina, Higher Education Mentoring Program participant and college graduate
With the goal of investing in tomorrow’s leaders, Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firms) provides low-income, minority high school juniors with paid, hands-on summer internships at local law firms and businesses. Project SELF works to reduce the risk of juvenile delinquency by providing youth with positive alternatives for spending their summers, access to professional and career environments they would not otherwise be exposed to, and the support of positive adult mentors.
At the Orange County Bar Foundation, we are proud of our long history of serving at-risk youth and their families. As we do so, we continue to seek private and public funds to support the valuable youth programs that we have sustained for over 30 years.
We greatly appreciate any new support we can gain. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact our Executive Director, Karen Ruan, at (714) 480-1925, ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.