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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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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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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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LOCAL NON-PROFIT PROMOTES HIGHER EDUCATION THROUGH MT. TOP COLLEGE SUMMER BOOT CAMP

Contact: Natalie Kha

E-mail: Nataliekha@maps4college.org

Phone: (626) 673-3724

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOCAL  NON-PROFIT PROMOTES HIGHER EDUCATION

THROUGH MT. TOP COLLEGE SUMMER BOOT CAMP 

 

BALDWIN PARK, Calif.—MAPS 4 College’s Mountain Top College Prep 3.0 Summer Boot Camp is coming up.  The third annual, weeklong college readiness program will take place in the City of Baldwin Park from Aug. 12-20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost to attend is based on income level and residency; the College Boot Camp is FREE for local low-income Baldwin Park residents.

“The idea behind this camp is for students to continue their educational pipeline from high school to college and beyond,” said Sarai Koo, CEO and founder of MAPS. “The summer camp will prepare students for the college application process and provide them with the resources needed to succeed in college and in life.”

College admission officers and directors, college counselors, and student leaders will be presenting a myriad of workshops to assist students preparing for college.  Workshops and information sessions will include, “Find your Best College Match”, “Financial Aid”, “How to Complete your College Application and Personal Statement”, and “Enhancing your Relationship and Communication Skills” workshops.  In addition, other activities consist of attending a college fair, college campus tours, a private panel discussion by Harvey Mudd College, creating a resume, and participation in an indoor kart racing activity.

Student leaders, who will provide guidance to peers, will include participants in the MAPS 4 College Preparatory Mentoring Program.  These leaders will attend an additional three-day leadership training session to prepare them to assist others at the College Boot Camp.

Yadira Guevara, a senior at Baldwin Park High School, 17, said, “As a Student Leader, I’m excited about sharing what I’ve learned about FAFSA and Cal Grant with everyone in the program”.

The event usually takes place at Lollard Ranch in Lytle Creek, CA.  However, this year, MAPS, because of the close proximity to students in Baldwin Park, was moved to the Baldwin Park community. Previously, over 50 students and families participated in the program.

“Prior participants have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with their friends and meeting college admission officers,” said Koo.  “They learned a great deal and cannot wait for the upcoming College Boot Camp in August.”

For more information regarding the Mountain Top College Summer Boot Camp or other programs from MAPS 4 College, visit www.MAPS4College.org or call (626) 673-3724.  Applications will be available on MAPS 4 College’s website at the end of May.

MAPS 4 College is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that helps students succeed in school, college, and life. The organization helps a student graduate from high school; get accepted to a college, attend college without taking any remedial courses, graduate from college, gain job readiness skills, and find a career he or she will enjoy.

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FREE CASH FOR COLLEGE WORKSHOP ON TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011, WILL HELP STUDENTS AND FAMILIES FILL OUT THE FAFSA FORM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 9, 2011

MEDIA CONTACT:

Gabriel Mendoza

E-mail: gmendoza@csu.fullerton.edu

Phone: (626) 232-4799

 

 

What: MAPS 4 College will host a Cash for College Workshop, where professionals from various universities and community colleges will assist families and students in completing the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) form. High school seniors who attend the Cash for College workshop, complete an exit survey, and apply for a Cal Grant before the March 2 deadline, are eligible for an additional $1,000 scholarship.
 
Where: Esther Snyder Community Center

4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard
Baldwin Park , CA 91706

When:Why: Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

In Baldwin Park, only 11 percent of the population over the age of 25 holds a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to US Census Bureau statistics. In addition, the cost of college can range from $4,810 to $40,385 per year, according to San Francisco State University Office of Financial Aid estimates. MAPS 4 College is hoping to remove the financial obstacles that prevent students from getting into college.

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Background: MAPS 4 College (MAPS) is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps students graduate from high school, get accepted to a college, attend and graduate from college, gain job readiness skills, find a satisfying career and acquire life sustaining skills. The organization received free facility usage at Family Center in the city of Baldwin Park.
 

MAPS Hosts Cash for College Events

CONTACT:  Gabriel Mendoza

E-mail: gmendoza@csu.fullerton.edu

Phone: (626) 232-4799

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BALDWIN PARK, Calif. – January 24, 2011 – Nonprofit MAPS 4 College will hold a free Cash for College workshop to help students and families complete the application for federal student aid on Feb. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Esther Snyder Community Center in Baldwin Park.

The application is the first step to receiving college financial aid, some of which does not have to be repaid. Professionals from various universities and community colleges will be on hand to assist soon to be high school graduates in completing the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This financial aid can be used toward four-year colleges or universities, community colleges, vocational, and technical schools.

Students and families are requested to bring the following items if available:  Drivers license and Social Security Card or number, alien registration number (Green Card) for non-U.S. citizens, parent and student income information for the year 2010, tax returns and bank statements for the year 2010; 2009’s are acceptable too, and a list of colleges interested in attending.

Professionals will also help undocumented students and foster youth determine alternatives for attending the college of their choice.

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            “We are encouraging all students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their individual eligibility,” said Fuentes-Michel in a statement from the California Student Aid Commission.

High school seniors or recent graduates who meet eligibility and financial requirements, and submit the FAFSA and a Cal Grant GPA verification form before the March 2 deadline, can receive up to $11,124 per year. High school seniors who attend the Cash for College workshop, complete an exit survey, and apply for a Cal Grant before the March 2 deadline, are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.

San Francisco State University’s Office of Financial Aid estimates the cost for fees and tuition in the California State University System costs between $4,810 and $6,498 per year. The University of California System costs between $11,030 and $15,380 per year, while private and independent universities range from $25,881 to $40,385 per year.

“The current budget crisis facing our state cannot become a deterrent to the next generation of California’s workforce.  Now, more than ever, students need to continue to pursue a postsecondary path for their own future and the future prosperity of our state,” Fuentes-Michel said.

The Cash for College event will be held at Esther Snyder Community Center at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706.

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 attend college without taking any remedial courses. MAPS 4 College will then help the student graduate from college, gain job readiness skills, and find a career he or she will enjoy.

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MAPS 4 College Offers Free Relationship Workshops

News Release

MAPS 4 College Offers Free Relationship Workshops

For information contact: Celia Fletes, MAPS 4 College, SPICES Coordinator, (626)833-4574 or cfletes@maps4college.org

MAPS 4 College Offers Free Relationship Workshops

December 1, 2010 – Baldwin Park, CA – MAPS 4 College’s “SPICES” program will continue to offer free relationship workshops and courses to residents throughout the New Year. The courses will be made available to youth, couples, and families.

The staff from MAPS “SPICES” program will teach personal and social skills that are necessary for youth and adults to develop health and beneficial relationships that are based on mutual trust, consideration, and effective communication.

According to the “SPICES” program coordinator, Celia Fletes, “these courses will help youth, couples, and families become better able to recognize the role that relationship skills play in developing and maintaining healthy relationships either in a personal level or in the workforce.”

She said, “We target core interpersonal issues that individuals may face and help teach techniques on how to combat those issues.” The program’s goal is to develop growth of self awareness and the sustainability of healthy relationships. Workshop titles and number of hours needed to complete them  are listed below:

Luv U2(8-hours)

Family Wellness (8-hours)

Connections (8-hours)

All workshops are presented and taught at no charge to the community by trained MAPS 4 College “SPICES” facilitators and are of a non- religious nature.

Watch for these upcoming Workshops series presented throughout 2011.  For additional information about the course offering, contact: Celia Fletes, MAPS 4 College, SPICES Coordinator, (626)833-4574 or cfletes@maps4college.org

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LOCAL NON-PROFIT PROMOTES HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BALDWIN PARK, CA.-  The city of Baldwin Park, in conjunction with local non-profit, MAPS 4 College, will launch the SPICES/Relationship Skills program to provide high school students tools to have a healthy relationship in order to improve the well-being of students.  As a partnering organization with the California Healthy Marriages Coalition and TELACU’s Healthy Marriage Initiative, MAPS will offer a FREE Love U2: Relationship Smarts Plus Classes that offers guidance on navigating the world of teen relationships on September 18 and 25, from 1 pm – 5 pm at the Family Service Center. High School Students who complete the 8-hour program will receive a FREE ACT practice exam on September 25, from 9 am – 1 pm at the Family Service Center.  Snacks and prizes will be provided.

The Love U2: Relationship Smarts Plus Class begins with lessons on self-awareness and future orientation and planning – including maturity, values clarification and peer pressure – before addressing romantic relationships. Teens learn about the nature and ups and downs of romantic attractions while being guided to build realistic concepts of love. Topics such as attractions, infatuation, ingredients and building blocks for healthy relationships, principles for smart relationships, and how true intimacy develops are addressed. Attention is paid to how to really get to know someone, how to gauge the health and safety of a relationship, and how to take a low-risk “deciding” approach that avoids high-cost consequences and attachments to problem people.  This edition includes communication and conflict management skills, dating violence prevention, identity and future orientation, and a unique approach to pregnancy prevention that educates about the needs of children and the importance of “sequence”, i.e. education, job, marriage before babies.

MAPS 4 College launched the SPICES/Relationship Skills programs at Del La Hoya Animo Charter High School, Camino Nuevo High School, Colegio New City High School, and other schools.

For more information regarding SPICES/Relationship Skills programs or other programs from MAPS 4 College, visit www.MAPS4College.org or call (310) 487-1228.

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New Programs Discussed at the Meet and Greet Event at MAPS 4 College in Fullerton, CA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 15, 2009

New Programs Discussed at the Meet and Greet Event at MAPS 4 College in Fullerton, CA

Fullerton, CA (July 18, 2009)— MAPS 4 College, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is hosting a “Meet and Greet” event on July 18th at 1:00 to 2:30 pm at 1818 West Ave., Fullerton, CA 92833.

Educators, teachers, students, community organization leaders, counselors, admission officers, and parents are invited to attend the event that will focus on MAPS 4 College’s accomplishments since 2008. In addition,  MAPS 4 College will be discussing the establishment of a youth coalition, youth conference, and a writing and publishing project.

Anyone who would like to learn more about MAPS and get involved in these projects are welcome to participate.

 

 


MAPS 4 College is Launching its Life-Changing Summer Bootcamp Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fullerton, CA (March 31, 2009)— MAPS 4 College, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is launching its signature a Life-Changing Summer Bootcamp Program August 3-5.  The three-day, yearly program will be $200.

MAPS 4 College will be providing an intensive pre-college orientation program for students in grades 7th through 12th grade. This program is one-of-its-kind.

The summer program will provide an overview of all the MAPS programs, college admissions presentation panel at the Claremont Colleges, college tours, an opportunity to be an admission officer, hiking,

The summer program will be held at Lollard Ranch. 13762 Middle Fork Rd., Lytle Creek, CA 92358. Lollard Ranch is a 35-acre ranch-like retreat center that is surrounded by mountains and natural spring water.

College admission officers and volunteers will help with the program.

More Information

More information about MAPS 4 College can be found on the web site at www.maps4college.org, by emailing RSVP@maps4college.org or by calling 310/487-1228.