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What Happened to Adrian Hernandez?

Adrian is a young man that has a passion to direct films. In fall 2014, he will be attending USC Film School this coming fall.  However, without MAPS, he would not be attending film school. In the past, Adrian was introverted and clamored.  Once bullied, outcasted from peers, and depressed, he found MAPS.  From the program, he increased in confidence, a voice, and friends. He found the motivation and drive to direct nine plays.  He started his own independent short films, and a review series that analyzes issues in a critical light.

 

What advice would you give to people if they were considering participating in the SPICES Program right now?

Do it, quite simply do it. It’s a very wonderful experience and it’s really going to change you. A lot of people I knew from the program was changed as well. They were like me, very clamored, very withheld, very introverted. And they …expanded and started branching out and they’re really achieving their potential now–which is something that not very many people get to do, especially at a young age.” – Adrian Hernandez

May 11, 2014   Testimonial

My name is Adrian Hernandez. I am currently 18 years old and soon to be attending USC for a major in Film and Television Production. I am confident that MAPS made the latter possible, and can make such achievements possible for others my age.

MAPS 4 College initially appealed to me because of the free ACT prep it offered. Such open assistance for such an important test seemed insane to me, and I immediately sought a membership application.

As I stayed in the program, I found that it offered more than it advertised. My peers and I began setting aside our ACT prep books and discussing various topics of interest. Politics, religion, society, and even the qualities of a lasting existence were brought up in civilized, round-table discussions. I’d often heard from relatives that such conversations existed on higher-education campuses, but never did I think I’d find them so close to home.

I soon began to love the intelligence and insight my fellow MAPS peers offered me. Under the discussion direction of Sarai Koo, we explored and mobilized ourselves into making positive change in our community. We saw the inequities society shackled us with due to our geographic location and upbringing, and decided to organize several college fairs and information sessions in the area to generate interest in higher education.

I also found in MAPS the social and life skills needed to pursue my educational and career goals. Before MAPS, I was timid: Rarely opening up about myself and often using harsh cynicism to cover up my insecurities. After MAPS gave me a chance to open up to other people–to understand, empathize, and even become companions with my fellow man–I found in myself a newfound desire to do good upon others. I knew that I loved entertainment, and wanted to touch people’s lives through laughter and thought. After learning to love others for who they were, I knew that it was my duty to go out and brighten the doldrums of their daily lives with stories and joy and humor. I became president and Director of the Sierra Vista Drama Club to achieve this goal, and directed a total of 6 plays in my time, each requiring me to associate with a large amount of people in new and interesting ways. I can personally say that I delighted the lives of several hundreds of audience members in my time and I have MAPS to thank for this.

MAPS is more than just a college or ACT prep course: It’s a class in life itself. The skills and individuals I met will stay with me always. Always.

MAPS taught me more than how to be a good studier or test-taker: It taught me how to be a proper, motivated, and curious human being.

 Testimonial May 11, 2014

Spices

As I see it, we’re all lost.

Whether it’s in terms of our future, our fate, our purpose, or our place in the world, there’re always nagging questions in the back of our minds. Ones we can’t answer. Ones we can’t ignore.

The How’s, the Why’s, the Who’s, the When’s, the What’s. They hound us like flies, circling and infecting us. And they only get louder as we get older.

We turn every which way to find answers. Like rats in a maze. Sometimes we’re led to chapels and churches and synagogues. Others, we’re led to needles and pills and blunts.

All they offer are the quick solutions; ones that get us through the night until the morning. The morning. The morning so we can question again. So we can run like rats in a maze. So we can find our way back to the chapels and the churches and the synagogues and the. . .

I was tired of it.

To relieve my questions, I turned towards the MAPS program for guidance. A program that had given me so much. A program that seemed to have an answer for everything.

And it did this time, too.

SPICES.

More than a religious doctrine or shallow self-help code, SPICES offers a set of life philosophies worth living by.

The answers to those big questions.

Who am I? The person I create for myself.

How should I treat people? Equally, regardless of whom they are. We’re nearly identical genetically, anyways. All past wrong-doings are in the past, and the past is where our past lives live, not our present selves.

Why am I here? To improve the quality of the human race.

SPICES is more than just another cheap slogan: It houses the secrets to living a quality life.

After all, don’t we all need a map?

Testimonial June 4, 2019

Adrian Hernandez turned 23 years old on June 4, 2019 (about 7 years after the first SPICES program).

I received SPICES during the round of “Beta Testing” with a cohort of high school students in a program called “MAPS 4 College.” It was different than I ever expected.

Our MAPS sessions, hosted with a pilot cohort of around 20 high school students, existed to give us the resources we needed to learn components of the SAT and ACT tests, and several practice sessions where we learned from each other through lectures and practice problems.

After our test prep sessions were over around 2013, MAPS began to evolve into a collection of Socratic Seminars analyzing our perspectives, ambitions, and overall life goals. This, without me knowing it, was my first taste of the SPICES platform.

Topics I remember being discussed in these sessions included:

— What a happy and fulfilling life is, and how we could start to prepare ourselves for living one

— What our life ambitions were, and how we could start to establish paths to achieve them

— Effective leadership tactics – our internal and external motivations for achieving our ambitions

— Many of the racial, social, and economic hardships that impeded upward mobility in our Latinx community, as well as the differences and similarities between the cultures we all came from.

— Ways we could use our ambitions to impact other people positively

At first, I was confused as to why a college prep course would dedicate time to talking about subjects which had nothing to do with the ACT or SAT. Now I see what Sarai was doing: She was setting us up to ask what life we wanted to pave for ourselves once we got to college, and beyond.

I feel the biggest mistake people (especially my age) make is charging down career or life paths without careful consideration of their personal ambitions, happiness, and legacies. They hear talk of good money or stability, and barrel down pathways hoping they’ll like the lives they end up with. This, I feel, is why so many people look at themselves when they’re 30 and find themselves unhappy. They’ve climbed to the top of a mountain they never wanted to stand on.

SPICES, on the other hand, is a set of guidelines that moves away from this classic trap. The platform begins with an analysis of the heart and soul of your personal ambition, and ends with giving you the strategies you need to maximize your ability to achieve what you strive for.

How do I know that it works?

I’m one of its early benefiters.

When I was six, I identified my personal ambition to be a filmmaker. I knew that the purpose of my life was to entertain and challenge people through cinematic art.

I had several people, teachers and parents, tell me that becoming a filmmaker would lead to stress and financial difficulty. I was told to avoid the route completely and go into engineering or computer science. At 14, I was almost considering giving up on my ambition and agreeing with many of these adults around me who told me to give up. Why would they lie, after all?

Then I encountered SPICES.

Through SPICES, I gained the courage to follow an atypical life path, and through the teachings of the program, was able to harness my personal strengths to make a film career happen for myself. I have no formal ties to the film industry. My Dad is a dishwasher, my mother is a homemaker.

After helping start a drama class in my high school’s lackluster educational curriculum, I was accepted to attend school for Film and TV Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts on full scholarship. It’s the most expensive and selective film school in the country.

I went through 4 years of intense production curriculum, entrusting that my love of impacting people through art and adoration of the film medium would pull through, and it has!

Since graduating from USC’s Film School in 2018, I have worked for Fox Sports West, Los Angeles Metro, The National Association for Latinx Independent Producers, Fine Brother Entertainment, and countless other independent ventures. I’ve sound designed several shorts and a feature film, and acted as cinematographer on three independent feature films and several shorts and music videos.

My personal directorial work, largely in documentary, has been shown in festivals around the country, and I’m privileged to say that I am now making a living doing what I love in a career field I want to be in.

And I’m just getting started. I live to entertain and provoke thought in people through my art.

SPICES helped me realize that. SPICES helped make that into a reality. Sarai’s insights will get you far. Trust me.”

 

 


The Sky’s The Limit

Written by: Isaiah Lee

Date: July 2, 2015

    What is MAPS 4 College? As an approaching senior in high school there are a countless number of questions that need to be answered. How do I fill out my application? What schools do I apply to? What do I write for my college essay? With the plethora of questions that arise, I can only wonder what is in store for me in the near future.

    Coming from a very fortunate household, I don’t have much to worry about. College is just around the corner and it seems to be a clear straight road ahead. Yet for many, especially within Los Angeles, college isn’t even an option and even if it was it could mean an entire lifetime of paying off student loans. To be honest I never thought MAPS 4 College would apply to me. My first impressions were that this is just like any other non- profit that provides a means for lower income families to reach a higher education. How incredibly wrong I was. After studying and reading through the website, I came to this realization that MAPS 4 College applies to so much more. In essence, yes, MAPS is an “educational pipeline” but beyond that it serves to provide all the necessary attributes needed to succeed in life. One of the main components that really captivated my attention were the messages written under youth voices. In almost every post I read about how MAPS and the people had changed their lives for the better and provided them with something that could never be taken away. Each message in itself was very genuine and special and gave me a whole new perspective on this organization. “MAPS was the place where I smiled, laughed, cried, and blossomed. It became my safe haven.” After reading those stories I could not help but feel jealous that I was not able to participate with MAPS.

    MAPS 4 College is much more than what I originally perceived. This program encompasses everything, from the ACT test to living a holistic and content life. Although I am writing from an external perspective, I believe this organization truly has potential. And as a MAPS graduate similarly said “MAPS can change the world, I hope people don’t take it lightly…because it can.”

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MAPS 4 College and Project SPICES Host 4th Annual Out-of-State College Fair on February 18, 2015

written by Gabriel Mendoza and Sarai Koo, Ph.D.

“The idea that attending an out-of-state college will always be more expensive is not true,” Ed Devine, President-Elect of the Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and Regional Director of Admissions at Lafayette College, said to students and parents at the college fair. “These colleges have grants and scholarships that can make attending them the same if not less than attending college in California,” Devine said.

Dr. Sarai Koo, Founder and CEO of MAPS 4 College and Chief Visionary of Project SPICES said, “We all know about the big name schools, but sometimes those schools may not be the best match for you. Finding a college that fits you means you are more likely to be successful there.”

College admission representatives presented workshops, such as finding the right college fit, living on campus, financial aid, and ways to increase their chances of being accepted into college. Also, the representatives helped students develop and/or evaluate their college essays/personal statements.

“When do you get the opportunity to have college admission representatives help YOU get ready for college? They are giving you golden nuggets that can change your life.” Koo stated.

The night concluded with a case study session entitled “How College Decisions Are Made.” Students and parents were given the chance to play the role of a college admission counselor and were asked to choose who they would accept into college from a group of mock students.

“I learned a lot,” Ricky Santiago, 16, said. “I learned how check out schools and make sure it will work for me. And if I work hard enough it can cost the same if not less as the colleges around home.”

With the information they received, they are motivated to increase their academic grades, become more involved in the community, become responsible and action-oriented leaders, and more.

 

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Social/Emotional/Whole Person Results

MAPS CEO developed the MOST AMAZING and the only holistic program/curriculum to redirect the lives of people.  Her passion to transform the lives of people has taken her 15 years to develop her theory, methodology, and approach to help people live a productive, happy life.

From 2006-2012, she embedded her methodological approach in all aspects of MAPS operations and programs. During fall 2012, she taught youth, young adults, and adults this methodology.  (The results speak for themselves)

Sample Results:

* (2011-2012) A male high school student had shared his desire to purchase a gun and shoot people and classmates who bullied him.  As a prevention measure, Dr. Koo provided a 3-month SPICES curriculum to the student.  After the program, he no longer had the desire to kill but to help his fellow classmates and community.  In 2014, he is smiling, is attending a most competitive institution, has a girlfriend, and is working. (He stayed with the program for one year)

* (2012) A female high school student had attempted suicide by hanging herself in the bathroom.  She felt hopeless and depressed with her current circumstances.  She took the program, and after the program, she no longer had a desire to commit suicide.  She stated she now has a purpose to help others and is needed in the world.  In 2014, she stated she has yet to argue with her siblings and parents; never once thought about suicide or had episodes of depression; and she is enjoying her first year at a university. (She stayed with the program for one year)

 

RESULTS and BENEFITS

Students and adults have experienced the following benefits as a direct result of the program:

Academic/Cognitive

Social/Emotional

Other Human Development Areas

 

Understand the importance of becoming an excellent student/person Understand people’s behaviors and not become affected by negative issues Understand the importance of becoming an excellent, productive employee/employer
Improve academic performance Increase in confidence

 

e.g. Bullied befriended bullies and gained an increase in self-esteem

Become responsible and accountable for their actions (e.g. learning, life choices, and more)
Increase test scores Increase personal motivation to excel despite obstacles Become whole (holistic)
Develop time-management skills Improve communication skills (intrapersonal and interpersonal; oral; and written) Become healthy (physiologically and physically)

e.g. people healed from Mono, paralyzing infection, back pain, knee pain, and more

Find resources and solutions to issues that impede their way Gain self-awareness (identity, personality, obstacles, expectations, life goals, and more) Discover that people have a purpose in life that it is attainable (e.g. passions)
Become non-competitive and focused on what people need to do in life Reduce negative personal issues

(e.g. rejection, fear, anxieties, pain, stress, and more)

Learn how to value and appreciate others

(become open to diverse peoples and situations)

Develop problem solving techniques and willingness to talk about their problems Become less angry, bitter, jealous, and envious Become emphatic and compassionate towards people who are different from themselves
Develop critical thinking skills and strengthen decision-making skills Learn to resolve internal and external conflicts

(e.g. no longer desire to commit suicide)

Become aware of repetitive patterns and reduce unwanted destructive patterns
Learn how people are influenced by others, media, and society Learn to forgive and be forgiven (restore and strengthen relationships) Develop a sense of community (community building)
Become aware of the thoughts, actions, and choices people make Strengthen self-reflection techniques Decrease in unnecessary arguments, fights, etc.

(reduce in violence, bullying, and other negative circumstances)

e.g. bullies no longer torment their victims.

CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM TESTIMONIALS

 

“It’s really changed me as a person.” – A. H. (11th grade)

 

I have learned that we have to forgive people around us in order to accept who we are and to forgive ourselves.  It is important to love yourself for who you truly are, to learn how to cope with your feelings and to realize that what you believe of yourself is what is reflected unto others.  So, love and forgive the people around you.  – N. H. (college student, 20, one year after the program)

“You transformed our lives into something better, I will always believe in you and I will always trust you. . . .I can see what others might be feeling because you said about the emotions and everything, so it’s easier to catch what people are feeling. . . . always give compliments to people even though they’re not nice to you.   ” – D. H. (college student, 19)

 

“. . . Through this program, I also realized my self-worth because  . . . before I didn’t really feel like I had a place in the world . . . So, now I feel like I have purpose and everything. . . So, I’m actually going to go for what I want.” – C. L. (11th grade)

 

“I have not only learned about the opportunities being a part of this organization offers me, but the meaning of life itself.  I know that may sound quite drastic for me to say, but it is true.” – Y. C. (12th grade)

 

“[With 10% of the material provided], I have changed 70% of my life. . . .What I learned from these last 13 weeks is to be a different person with myself and with others.  Before I would just keep things to myself a lot, now I’d rather share it.  Before I’d be more quiet, but now I feel comfortable sharing my thoughts.” – V. R. (11th grade)

 

“It has helped me . . . to go on in front of the classroom and talk and actually get A’s on my presentations because I used to get C’s because I would always fidget and move. . . I’m much more interactive and I think I like to help people a lot more now because before I was very bad at explaining and I just wouldn’t even try . . . It has just helped me a lot with being able to communicate especially with adults because I always thought adults would like not listen to me and then now, I feel like… even if they don’t listen to me, I can still speak.” – A. M. (12th grade)

 

“One big thing that I’ve took in . . . is [that] I’m a lot more confident in myself . . . and comfortable talking to new people or being open.  I’ve learned to take risks and do things that before the program I would probably be too scared to try. I’ve learned to be more understanding of people such as their situation or way of thinking instead of making myself the victim of “why do I have to change for them?  They should change for me.”  Before the program I would blame others for my own actions or find a way to lie to myself that it wasn’t my fault, and now I acknowledge the mistakes I make and grow from them, I can catch myself before I blame-shift.  – G. M. (12th grade, one year after the program)

 

“[I am] more open instead of just quiet all the time.  [I] learned to counter the culture [and in some ways like stop blame shifting. . . and the insult thing. I’m not really affected by anything because that’s my problem and not the person who insulted me if I get offended.” – E. R. (11th grade)

 

“I think for sure the biggest thing that I learned in this workshop was to accept people for who they are and to be more forgiving . . . I feel a lot better than before and I am not as negative anymore and the way I look at people is different.  Even the people who are mean to me, I try to think maybe they’re going through problems at home and stuff like that and just forgive them for what they do. . . Online, there’s this girl who always bullied me. . . Back then, I would retort and stuff like that . . . I said ‘It seems you’re holding up a lot of anger.’  And I’m like ‘I’ve been there.  And when you hold up a lot of anger, you start just blowing up to people that you don’t really mean to.’ And I forgive her no matter what. . . . a couple of days later, she said ‘Can I talk to you?’ She said she’s going through a lot of family problems like her parents and stuff, or that she lacked thereof parents, yeah.  So then I told her . . . I’ll be your sister. . . . So we talk everyday now, but in a good way.” – C. L. (11th grade)

 

“But what I found the most impacting was when we learned how not to be as affected by what people say to you because that’s only your problem.  Because if someone says something to you, it’s your problem because they don’t know they offended you.” – E. R. (11th grade)

 

“And now I learned that when to step up and when to step down kind of thing. . .It took me forever to learn how to keep my mouth shut because I tend to argue because I’d be like ‘no, you have to see this side!’ and it doesn’t get you anywhere.  So I learned how to step up and step down. . . I learned how to step back, which is really hard because my mom always says I like to argue, especially with my sisters.  But now I’m learning how to step back, which is important.” – B. C. (young adult, college graduate)

 

“Throughout my whole life, I’ve had a dream.  I just knew all my purpose in life is to be is a professional chef.  That’s all I knew and grew up with since my dad is also a professional chef and I’ve always looked up to him.  School was never my thing. I have always been a C average student.  But ever since I’ve joined the program, my grades have improved.  I’ve made new friends. I look forward to be living everyday and making something out of my life.  I’ve learned to look at the bright side of people and have a positive attitude. I don’t regret ever being part of maps. The program has made me a better person.” – S. C. (10th grade)

 

“When I first started the curriculum, I was very skeptical about it because I wasn’t sure that I wanted someone to tell me that I needed to change my ways.  But I’m so glad I stayed for the curriculum because it has helped me become a confident and strong individual.  I have been able to keep friendships and accept others for who they are. The program really gave me new opportunities in myself because I was able to accept myself and realize my worth.  Due to the curriculum, I was able to get along with my younger sister and apologize for everything I’ve done to make her feel bad.  Everyday is a new experience with her but SPICES really prepared me and gave me the tools to work at this with my sister.  I also realized that I love to help others on my way to my mountain top. I have witnessed and felt miracles happen in the room we meet. . . .The program influenced many of my behaviors that I have now.  The whole curriculum and SPICES brings out a comfort in me.  I’m able to feel more relaxed and stress free.  I actually stopped biting my nails, which is something I’ve been doing since I was 4 years old.  I just love to learn about others and interact with everyone and it’s all thanks to the curriculum. I really hope that others can get as much out of the curriculum as much as I did.” – A. M. (12th grade, one year after the program)

 

“[The program] allowed me to see the world in a dramatically different and healing light. I feel that your teachings allowed me to think of alternative methods to approaching conflicts that strays from anger and cynicism . . . you’ve taught me the strength of kindness and understanding, I’ve learned to think about context, to try to understand people and the world around me, and to actively navigate my life with integrity and hope.  My relationships with my family, friends, and acquaintances have grown stronger because of this. . . . The important part is that you don’t tell people what to do or think.  You let them be themselves and find their own paths.  You just give them knowledge of other choices they can make.  It’s a method of thinking and not a way to think. This is definitely not common.  On another note, you also give students the skills to survive within the current faulty educational system.  This sets them up to be in a place where they have agency to carry out their dreams using (or not using) the approaches to thinking you’ve taught them.  I think you give people both the power to succeed in the current system and the power to change it.” – H. H.  (former high school student reflecting on her experience)

 

“It doesn’t matter what age you are.  You always need to self-assess, analyze, and be open to reflect and notice what you’re doing, so you can try to improve and catch yourself.  I think I’ve been more aware . . . because I catch myself. . . . I just want to say that it’s never too late for transformation and I think what this has helped me to build is a consciousness and an awareness of everyone around me.  Most of all, I would sum it in one word which would be hope.  The word ‘hope’ and to say that even though you see me at this age, my journey has just begun, that’s what I’d like to say.” – Adult Educator/Parent Specialist (above 40 years of age)

 

 


2/18/15- 4th Annual College Fair and Free College Essay Evalutation

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MAPS 4 College, Regional Admission Counselors of California, Project SPICES, and the City of Baldwin Park will be hosting its 4th annual college fair in Baldwin Park on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Time: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Registration: email mapscollegefair@gmail.com OR

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1OrOjSpJ_80yybnFGBnOyWJ6Wc8cKitLmuWJybC0rfR8/viewform

Agenda:

5:30 pm – Registration
6:00 pm – Presentation: Go out of state to college and save more money?
6:45 pm – Workshops (financial aid, finding the right college, and more)
8:00 pm – Actual college fair

** College admission officers will review college essays and advise students for free **

Guest Speaker:  Ed Devine 

Ed Devine is the current President Elect for the Western ACAC (www.wacac.org). He oversees colleges and universities, community colleges, public, private and parochial high schools, independent practices and community based organizations in California and Nevada. He served as the Chair of the Regional Admission Counselors of CA, representing colleges and universities throughout the nation. Also, he has served on New England and New York ACAC committees. Currently, he is the Regional Director of Admissions at Lafayette College, a most selective institution in Pennsylvania. Previously, he worked at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, Loyola University of Chicago, and Hawaii Pacific University.

We are looking for people who would like to join the leadership team to help make this fair come to fruition! If you are interested, contact mapscollegefair@gmail.com.

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Location: 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 


MAPS 4 College Invites New Interns to Get Prepared for the Workforce and Find Their Purpose

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Written by Audrey Ngo

MAPS 4 College Invites New Interns to Get Prepared for the Workforce and Find Their Purpose

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – July 24, 2014 – On Aug. 5, MAPS 4 College (MAPS), the California Park and Recreation Society’s “Best of the Best Community Service” award winning nonprofit, is looking for new interns for their Leadership and Career Training Program.

Since 2006, MAPS has given high school students, college students, and adults the tools to find their purpose. Its Leadership and Career Training Program, or LCT Program, has enabled its participants to finish their degree and find full-time employment since 2009, and welcomes all students and adults seeking to improve their academic, professional, and personal life.

Founder and CEO of MAPS, Dr. Sarai Koo, has made it her mission to create a curriculum that puts people on the track to success. Her unique, free of charge, LCT Program combines her doctorate program research, her professional background in human development, and her own personal experiences into one, all-inclusive program.

The LCT Program gives participants the opportunity not to just survive, but thrive in all areas of their life including:

Discovering what they are passionate about and pursuing their future career paths

Developing good character, confidence, and courage to overcome obstacles

Building quality soft skills needed for any industry

Becoming aware of and reducing destructive patterns

Strengthening skills needed to effectively and efficiently fulfill tasks and goals such as time management, communication skills, and problem solving skills

Many past participants of the LCT Program started with no experience in the career they wanted to pursue. MAPS was able to take LCT Program participants with little or no experience and give them the tools to gain employment in finance, media communications, public relations, business and more, as well as a newfound satisfaction in their personal life.

Koo wants to take the MAPS message worldwide and let those who have fallen off track know that anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their past. With the help of her new team, she plans to promote her organization in order to reach more students and adults in need. For more information on how to join her internship team or to donate call (310) 487-1228 or email info@maps4college.org.

MAPS 4 College is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that helps students succeed in school, college, and life. The organization helps students graduate from high school, get accepted to a college, and live their purpose. MAPS engages students in a rigorous comprehensive, one of a kind learning skills program designed to develop and inspire lifelong learning and workforce readiness. This program helps students discover, articulate, and achieve their personal and educational goals regardless of their previous learning difficulty.

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Aug. 5 New National Workforce Development Efforts Workshop

Aug. 5 event- New National Workforce Development Efforts: President Obama’s Job-Driven Training Initiative and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014

Hear from Ben Seigel, Senior Policy Advisor/Deputy Director from the Department of Labor, on youth employment, apprenticeship, immigrant integration, grants, and other skills related work.

He will provide us with insightful workforce development information. At this event, we will also discuss collaborative approaches to create new internships, collaborative grant writing opportunities, job opportunities, and training programs.

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm
We will start promptly at 5 pm and end at 7:30 pm.
Location: Liberty Park and Fitness Center, Washington Room
19211 Studebaker Road Cerritos, CA 90703 (562) 916-8565

Ben Seigel is Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training at the U.S. Department of Labor. Ben helps lead the Department’s partnership activities and works especially closely with nonprofits, community-based organizations, and workforce development agencies. He also spearheads the Department’s efforts around addressing long-term unemployment. Prior to joining the Department of Labor and the Obama Administration in 2010, Ben was Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Seedco, a national workforce and community development nonprofit organization. Ben has a Bachelor’s Degree from Swarthmore College and a Master’s Degree from New York University. For more background Ben, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/benseigel/

Note: Please send this invitation to your contacts
Please consider sending this form to your contacts. We hope to create a collaborate group to help our youth and adults prepare for the workforce. Register now. Space is limited.

Contact: Dr. Sarai Koo, CEO and Founder of MAPS 4 College and Project SPICES Email: Saraikoo@gmail.com Phone: (213) 718-9676 www.maps4college.org www.projectspices.com

MAPS 4 College is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that helps students succeed in school, college, and life. MAPS engages students in a rigorous comprehensive, one of a kind learning skills program designed to develop and inspire lifelong learning and workforce readiness. In 2014, out of 28 cities in San Gabriel Valley, the California Park and Recreation Society District 13 awarded MAPS 4 College the “Best of the Best Community Service” organization.

MAPS 4 College is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps students succeed in school, college, and life. MAPS serves inner-city, low-income minority youth who have multiple barriers by providing them with human development programs that are multi-disciplinary, holistic, evidence-based. With MAPS, students realign their principles and values and become leaders in social good for themselves and the world around them. Our results-oriented innovative programs prepare and launch students to get to college, finish college, and position themselves to thrive in life. In 2014, out of 28 cities in San Gabriel Valley, the California Park and Recreation Society District 13 awarded MAPS 4 College the “Best of the Best Community Service” organization.

Project SPICES is a socially conscious enterprise bringing about the full human potential of its clients through careful human mapping, empowering people of all ages to live a purpose driven life. SPICES provides proven, holistic programs and training services that invigorates people within their communities to get the most out of their lives, personally and professionally. SPICES partners with individuals, agencies, businesses, and cities.

OUR SPONSORS
MAPS 4 College Project SPICES Carol Chen, Cerritos Mayor Pro Tem (personal sponsor) RL Business Plans Starbucks – Buena Park Olive Garden – Cerritos 85C Bakery Cafe – Cerritos Polly’s Pies Restaurant – Cerritos Black Bear Diner – Buena Park Your Space Self Storage – Norwalk


Adrian Shares Great Insight About His Experience at MAPS

Adrian H.

May 11, 2014

Testimonial

My name is Adrian Hernandez. I am currently 18 years old and soon to be attending USC for a major in Film and Television Production. I am confident that MAPS made the latter possible, and can make such achievements possible for others my age.

MAPS 4 College initially appealed to me because of the free ACT prep it offered. Such open assistance for such an important test seemed insane to me, and I immediately sought a membership application.

As I stayed in the program, I found that it offered more than it advertised. My peers and I began setting aside our ACT prep books and discussing various topics of interest. Politics, religion, society, and even the qualities of a lasting existence were brought up in civilized, round-table discussions. I’d often heard from relatives that such conversations existed on higher-education campuses, but never did I think I’d find them so close to home.

I soon began to love the intelligence and insight my fellow MAPS peers offered me. Under the discussion direction of Sarai Koo, we explored and mobilized ourselves into making positive change in our community. We saw the inequities society shackled us with due to our geographic location and upbringing, and decided to organize several college fairs and information sessions in the area to generate interest in higher education.

I also found in MAPS the social and life skills needed to pursue my educational and career goals. Before MAPS, I was timid: Rarely opening up about myself and often using harsh cynicism to cover up my insecurities. After MAPS gave me a chance to open up to other people–to understand, empathize, and even become companions with my fellow man–I found in myself a newfound desire to do good upon others. I knew that I loved entertainment, and wanted to touch people’s lives through laughter and thought. After learning to love others for who they were, I knew that it was my duty to go out and brighten the doldrums of their daily lives with stories and joy and humor. I became president and Director of the Sierra Vista Drama Club to achieve this goal, and directed a total of 6 plays in my time, each requiring me to associate with a large amount of people in new and interesting ways. I can personally say that I delighted the lives of several hundreds of audience members in my time and I have MAPS to thank for this.

MAPS is more than just a college or ACT prep course: It’s a class in life itself. The skills and individuals I met will stay with me always. Always.

MAPS taught me more than how to be a good studier or test-taker: It taught me how to be a proper, motivated, and curious human being.

 


Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS

Love U2: Relationship Smarts PLUS to guide youth in building healthy relationships and making wise choices. Topics include: maturity, values clarification and peer pressure, attractions and infatuation, building blocks for positive relationships, identify and future orientation, how to gauge relationship health, the low-risk relationship strategy, principles of smart relationships, the nature of true intimacy and a realistic concept of love, and breaking up.  Also features cutting edge date violence prevention material.

9 hours

Cost: $0

Age requirement: 15 years – 18 years

Dates: Tuesdays, May 6 – 27

Time: 6:00 – 8:15 pm

Location: Teri G. Muse Family Service Center, 14305 Morgan Street, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

 

Note: Complete this course and receive 25% off in the 5-week College Preparation program classes.  Students must complete a minimum of 8 hours by coming to the workshop on time and leaving when the workshop is finished.