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.

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.


The program achieves these goals in 3 major ways:
  • By helping students experience a strong sense of belonging on campus
  • By connecting students to existing campus resources
  • By training students to be strong self- and peer-advocates.

Community College Success Day

SoCal CAN members have come together to craft program designed specifically with community college students’ strengths, challenges, and experiences in mind. To deliver the program, we partnered with our network’s most trusted community colleges to offer workshops geared toward introducing our students to the key moments in their community college career and the resources available to support them in being successful during those moments.

Workshops centered on student experience, education planning, financial aid, balancing success and transition to college, and placement tests and academic plans. The day ended with a resource fair where students had the opportunity to speak to colleges about their specific programs as well as related resources that can support them in their community college tenure.