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Adult Voices

Leadership Skills

Katrina was one of MAPS’ first CSUF students who build her leadership skills.  She and her CSUF team helped launch the April 10, 2010, Spring to College event at Baldwin Park.  Because of her leadership skills, the event was successful.


written November 2011
Dates involved with MAPS: Feb. 2010 – May 2010

“I am currently a Special Events Sales Coordinator at House of Blues Anaheim.  My experience with MAPS provided the opportunity to plan an event from idea to execution and was great work experience.  I quickly learned how to talk with key audiences and negotiate with vendors.”


How to be a successful student

Many people may wonder how to be a successful student.  Brianna from CSUF demonstrated how to be a successful student.  She and her CSUF team worked on developing written content, while she worked, went to school, and partnered with MAPS.  She did it all.  How to be a successful student? — Learn from Brianna.


Dates involved with MAPS:  9/16/11 – 11/30/11
Date of comments:  November 2011

“I am currently an Undergraduate Finance Associate for the Walt Disney Company and also a full-time student in my 3rd year at the California State University, Fullerton in the University and Business Honors Program. Through my volunteer experience with MAPS, I was able to improve my writing abilities from revisions of written content on the MAPS 4 College website. From this experience, it has helped me to succeed in my studies and be well-prepared to work in the business world.”

“I believe MAPS 4 College is a great program for high school students to get involved in so that they can succeed in life regardless of personal, social, or economic barriers.  I believe MAPS offers great opportunity to any student who wants to go to college.”




Helping is one of the most important words in the dictionary–and at MAPS.  Here at MAPS, helping people launch to their next phase in life is our mission.  We are their launching pad.  Read Deepa’s testimony.


Position with MAPS:  Marketing Coordinator
Written September 2010
(By the way, she has an engineering degree)

“My first encounter with MAPS 4 College was at one of their events in Baldwin Park earlier this year.  I was interested in volunteering for an education-based non-profit and had thus decided to pay a visit.  While at the event, I was moved by Sarai Koo’s amazing speech.  The whole atmosphere and the way the program was run gave everyone a feel that MAPS 4 College not only provides education consultancy, but they do it with a personal touch.  I could see clearly that Sarai has a sincere concern towards the students in need.  Parents are also an important part of the program, which makes it unique.  I was at once convinced that I want to be a part of this organization.  As my association continued, I have realized that the key component in MAPS 4 College culture is the personal aspect of it.  Sarai and her team are not only caring and sympathetic to the students, they carry that attitude with the staff and volunteers as well.”

“As part of my involvement with the organization, I conducted a survey amongst students, volunteers and partners of MAPS 4 College to gather information about what people thought of MAPS 4 College.  The responses spoke clear and loud about the uniqueness and holistic nature of the program that has made a long-lasting impact on people’s minds.  My involvement in the organization has broadened my perspective about life and education.  I have now developed a sense of responsibility towards my own education as well as the education of the community I live in.  If an organization could be so much with budget constraints, there is so much to look forward to from it in the future.  I wish MAPS 4 College all the luck and light to forge ahead!


November 2011 – update

“I currently work as a software Quality Assurance engineer at Belkin International.  My experience at MAPS definitely helped to get the current position. MAPS was an eye opener to American culture and problems. Sarai has an amazing personality and just knowing her and her achievements was a great inspiration to me. I owe a lot to MAPS FOR College.  MAPS 4 College is a great program for students. I was a student who was pretty much lost in my teens. I was weak at heart and could not be assertive or take any solid decisions. These years are formative years for the whole life of a person, and thus i think that by guiding children at that delicate age, we are actually creating leaders for the future. MAPS is a dream organization to work for, because I am sure that once you make a difference in someone’s life, it is only going to inspire you to make a difference everywhere you go. Working for MAPS has been an enriching experience for me.  MAPS 4 College is going to be a very successful program someday. I wish I could do more. I am definitely going to get back to being involved actively with MAPS. I live in LA now and I hope to be involved. I was excited about what MAPS was involved in!”

Build Business Communication Skills

We at MAPS helps students like Nathan build business communication skills.  Nathan, a CSUF student, worked with Brianna and others to help MAPS improve the organization’s business communication skills. In return, he and others improved their skills while helping us. Thank you, Nathan!


Dates involved with MAPS:  9/16/11 – 11/30/11

Written November 2011

“I am currently working as a general office clerk at a SR Maintenance and Management, a small business located in Downey, CA.  My volunteer experience at MAPS has helped me improve my writing abilities, this translates well when writing emails to others in the business.  The experience also helped improve my writing for my upper division business writing class.  I believe that MAPS offers great opportunity to any student that wants to go to college.  It will help students from all areas and will be a great help to those aiming for prestigious schools. I think that the programs that are offered by MAPS are geared towards helping students and everyone could benefit from them.”

Career Opportunities

MAPS provided Natalie with multiple career opportunities that landed her first full-time job and a path to matriculate to prestigious graduate program.  We provide career opportunities, but it is up to individuals to take advantage of our programs.  Natalie did!



She came in as an intern and hired as a coordinator. She then left MAPS to work at a full-time position, and now, she is in graduate school. MAPS is proud of Natalie.

(written Nov. 2011)

“MAPS not only prepared me for a career in the field of Education and nonprofit work, it also provided me with a support system throughout the job hunt, resume and job interview assistance, networking opportunities, and many memories!”

“Interning at MAPS 4 College allowed me to work with high school students involved in the College Preparatory Mentoring Program and gain hands-on nonprofit leadership and administration experience, which includes writing and overseeing grants, fundraising, and public relations.”

“As a MAPS intern, I have been given many responsibilities and challenges that have taught me so much in such a short time!  This non-profit has so many programs, it is definitely unlike any other agency I have been involved with.  It not only focuses on teens and getting them into college, but it is a non-profit that concentrates on the person as a whole; succeeding in life is more than just getting into the brand name college, it is about having the necessary communication, leadership, and relationship skills needed to reach success.”

“At MAPS, I was the Program Coordinator and Executive Director Assistant; my job duties consisted of assisting students throughout the college application process, presenting at educational conferences and events, performing administrative duties, and more.   All of these responsibilities prepared me for my position today–an Online Student Advisor at ICDC College.  As a Student Advisor, I provide academic counseling to students pursuing a certificate, diploma, or Associate’s Degree within the various programs offered.  MAPS not only prepared me for a career in the field of Education and nonprofit work, it also provided me with a support system throughout the job hunt, resume and job interview assistance, networking opportunities, and many memories!  I have personally gained more skills dealing with administration and how to start a non-profit from the bottom up.”

Working Mother Shares Her Testimony

Celia, a working mother, shares her thoughts about MAPS.  Since 2010, she has been with MAPS–it’s a pleasure to have a working mother be part of the MAPS family.



(November 2011)

“My experience with MAPS is truly uplifting ! I find working with an organization that really cares and is dedicated in seeing young adults succeed in their education and  life goals is an honor. MAPS 4 COLLEGE  gives youth the tools to  to explore their talents and ambitions, which may lead them to their ideal career, then  explains to them what it:s going to take to succeed. MAPS also gives youth and  volunteers “hands on training” which then helps them to obtain experience. MAPS 4 COLLEGE is a great organization with a great mission, and I am proud to be involved.”

“I think my work with MAPS as a SPICES Facilitator has given youth the opportunity to learn/think more about themselves, and the adult they want to become. SPICES program allows youth to evaluate their inner self, their values, and relationships in their life today. SPICES programs workshops are very interactive allowing all participants to engage and share their experiences and learn new positive approaches to difficult situations in their life. I believe the work I have put forth has had a positive impact on the youth. When asked to fill out surveys after a workshop the youth participants always responded in a positive manner, rating the topics high.”

“I would recommend this organization to a friend or family member in need of guidance in pursuing a higher education, or getting involved in a volunteer program.”