After identifying issues of common concern, SoCal CAN members come together to design programming meant to collectively serve their students. These programs tap into the core competencies of our network and leverage our collective power and voice.
Project SOAR is an initiative to help students in public housing pursue their college and career dreams. In partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Project SOAR places Education Navigators at the housing sites to provide one-on-one advising to residents. Students receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), applying for scholarships, submitting college applications and making a smooth transition into college. View a recent article in EdSource about our efforts!
Our work focused on five sites in East and South Los Angeles: Ramona Gardens, William Mead, Nickerson, Avalon and Gonzaque. Our Education Navigators have been trained by College Access Plan, an organization with deep expertise in drop-in college advising. They are also receiving support from LA Cash for College to help students complete the FAFSA and from Families in Schools to engage parents and caring adults in the college-planning process.
Fostering Student-Led Advocacy in Higher-Ed
SoCal CAN Changemakers, is a fellowship program that is designed to improve Southern California’s colleges and universities by uplifting student voices. Students will have hands-on experience by learning how to be an effective advocate and executing an advocacy campaign. Students will develop skills, build knowledge about the issues impacting today’s students, and determine best courses of action to pursue institutional change. View our 2019 inaugural cohort of Changemakers!
Level Up Program
To combat Los Angeles’ strikingly low college persistence rates for low-income, first generation students, over 15 SoCal CAN members have joined together to collectively design Level Up, a collaborative program which guides students through the first year of college when dropping out is most prevalent. The resulting program is based on social and emotional intelligence research and evaluated practice. It seeks to leverage the investment college access programs and foundations are making in preparing students for college and the campus-based resources available to students.
Member Advocacy Fellowship
The SoCal CAN Member Advocacy Fellowship empowers college access organizations with the
knowledge and skills needed to actively contribute to education policy making. Our inaugural
cohort will be launched in August of 2019. This fellowship program will bring together college access and success professionals from 15 organizations to explore critical issues impacting educational equity over the course of the academic year!