With more interested participants than we could take in the first year, the Mentorship program matched up forty-seven 11th and 12th grade El Nido clients in the South Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley regions with students from California State University of Los Angeles and California State University of Northridge for a period of six months. The goal was for mentors to provide academic and social support to mentees in achieving high school graduation, preparation for college admission and ultimately increasing their chances of obtaining a post-secondary degree.
Mentees met weekly with their mentors and focused on goal planning, time management, college admission requirements, scholarship applications, academic tutoring, career planning, researching majors, budgeting, life skills and community college entrance exams. The mentees also participated in monthly workshops targeting college, career, and financial aid.
We are grateful for the partnerships with Grifols Biologicals Inc., CSULA and CSUN in making this program possible!