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


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 OR


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 ( 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

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



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:

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: Phone: (213) 718-9676

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.

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 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