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Feb

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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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


MAPS 4 College Gets Recognized by Former Secretary of Labor and California Park and Recreation Society District 13

PRESS RELEASE

 

MAPS 4 College Contact:

Contact: Dr. Sarai Koo, CEO/Founder

E-mail: info@maps4college.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAPS 4 College Gets Recognized by Former Secretary of Labor and California Park and Recreation Society District 13

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – March 28, 2014 – Nonprofit MAPS 4 College (MAPS) was visited by former United States Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, at the Teri G. Muse Family Service Center in Baldwin Park on March 27, 2014.  She thanked MAPS staff, Celia Fletes, Certified Enrollment Counselor and Human Resources Coordinator, and Leslie Martinez, Certified Enrollment Counselor and Operations Manager for their hard work in helping low-income, minorities enroll in Covered CA.

“We have had an increase of clients walking in despite our scheduled appointments,” Leslie Martinez and Celia Fletes shared with Ms. Solis.  “With the deadline approaching, people are looking for certified enrollment counselors to help them sign-up.”

“Although, MAPS 4 College is the first college access organization to provide holistic college readiness and job training services to youth and community members in Baldwin Park, it is also the first and only Covered CA certified enrollment entity to help individuals and families enroll in low cost healthcare,” stated MAPS CEO, Dr. Koo.  “We are about making change.  At MAPS, we take the initiative to launch new services and programs that focus on filling-in the missing resources needed to eradicate inequities.”

Besides a visit by the former Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis, MAPS was recognized for its outstanding service on March 26, 2014, at the Diamond Bar Center.  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”.

MAPS is committed to addressing the sociopolitical issues that impede many people’s lives by implementing many innovative services and programs.  In the coming months, MAPS will be hosting numerous workshops on relationship skill building, job training, and college readiness.  These excellent workshops parallel the work MAPS has accomplished since moving to Baldwin Park.

MAPS has one of the highest percentage of low-income, minority students matriculating and not dropping out of four-year colleges and universities from its College Preparatory Leadership and Mentoring Project and Mountain Top College Prep Summer Bootcamp programs.  In MAPS’ Leadership and Career Training Program, interns who complete the program become gainfully employed (mostly full-time employment) and/or go on to receive their graduate degrees.

 

 

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 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.  This program helps students discover, articulate, and achieve their personal and educational goals regardless of their previous learning difficulty. (www.maps4college.org)

 

 

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MAPS receives a healthy relationship award

On March 20, 2014, MAPS 4 College receives an award from Healthy Relationships CA for providing healthy relationship/marriage education classes during the 2011-2014 HMR Grant.  Since 2011, MAPS 4 College, has served more than 865 youth and young adults and more than 36 classes throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Santa Clara Counties.

 

 

HRC Award

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Feb

Message for Parents from Deans

Deans Share a Message for Parents

Parents, please watch this video and learn from Deans and Directors of Admissions! Understand and let your child go off to college! Dr. Koo had the opportunity to interview Dean and Directors of Admissions.

Brown University – Jim Miller, Dean of Admissions

Stanford University – Richard Shaw, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Tufts University – Daryrl Tiggle (Former Senior Associate Director of Admissions)

Message for Parents