CAP @ UCLA

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Who am I?

Hi everyone! My name is Javier Munoz. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles, where I graduated from J. A. Garfield High School (GHS) in 2009. I went on to study History at UCLA, where I graduated in 2013. While at UCLA, I noticed there was a disproportionately low number of Latina/o students. The lack of opportunity for people with a similar background to my own became more obvious when I came back to East LA after graduation. At that moment, I decided I wanted to give back to a new generation of GHS students. Last year, I participated in the Copenhagen program of the Humanity in Action Fellowship Program. I spent a month studying human rights and minority issues in Copenhagen, Denmark in preparation for an "Action Project ." This community initiative is an opportunity to transform my ideas into action and help present college as a realistic option for students from East LA. This fall I am beginning a PhD program in United States History at UCLA.

What is CAP @ UCLA?

CAP @ UCLA is a college access and academic enrichment program for students from East LA, specifically J. A. Garfield High School students. It aims to provide a select group of twelve working class Latina/o students in the 9th and/or 10th grade with the knowledge and guidance necessary to attend college upon graduation from high school. By informing students early in their high school career, we can reach students who never considered college a realistic option and help guide them to reach that goal. With this small effort we can help bridge the Latina/o higher education attainment gap in California.

The program will take the form of four all day Saturday Academies to take place at UCLA in October 2015. Each Saturday will feature a lecture by university professors about topics relevant to the lives of our participating students. This program will also introduce students to a college campus environment and allow them to experience a college lecture first hand. Professor Mario A. Escobar will share his immigration story and speak about the importance of a college education. Professor Kelly Lytle Hernandez will speak about the relevance of immigration history for our community. Professor Gaye Theresa Johnson will speak about the antiracist coalitions between Mexican Americans and African Americans in Los Angeles. It is my hope that these lectures will inspire the students to give back to others.

The lectures will be followed by ice breaker exercises, college access workships, and professional development workshops. Students will be taught about the following:

A-G Requirements
How to Write a Personal Statement
How to write a Resume and prepare for an Interview
How to find and apply for scholarships
How to do Research by UCLA Library Staff
The Admissions and Financial Aid process

And many other useful workshops meant to place them on the college track. Furthemore, they will be joined by mentors for lunch. The majority of these mentors will be people from the East LA community who attended GHS and graduated from college. They will be able to give students advice and answer many of their questions about college because they understand where they are coming from. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Where do you come in?

This is a chance for you to help a young student have a better chance to attend a college or university by donating a couple dollars. You might be someone who never had that opportunity and would like to ensure other kids do or you might be someone who received the support required  to attend college and would like to pay it forward. This is the time where you can make a difference in someone else's life. Every little bit counts! All the funds collected here will go toward providing the following:

Breakfast & Lunch for all participants (90% of our estimated budget)
Printed Materials
Notebooks for Students
Name Tags, etc.

Any leftover funds will be saved for next year when the program begins with a new group of students. We can all do this together! Thank you for your trust and support! And please don't forget to share this with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

Eternally grateful,
Javier
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Fourth and Final Saturday Academy Update: This weekend was a culmination of months of planning and sleepless nights trying to balance my first quarter of graduate school. The day began with a graduate student lecture by Juan Pablo Mercado, who spoke about Chicana/o public art in Los Angeles and the hidden histories written in plain sight on the walls of our communities. The students were very interested and this forum allowed Juan Pablo to hone his craft as a teacher aspiring to reach a broader public.

The lecture was followed by a College Access Alumni Panel. We had alumni from CollegeMatch, the Posse Foundation, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship speak about the program they participated in, how it helped them, and how to position themselves to apply. Our lunch hour revolved around mentors providing students with feedback on their personal statements.

The afternoon session consisted of a Career Panel where a Software Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, 2nd Year Medical Student, and Organizer spoke about their lives, the obstacles they overcame, how they became interested in their profession, what they do at work, and shared tips about how to get there.

This was followed by a presentation of Certificates of Completion to the students who made the time to get to UCLA for every Saturday Academy. Due to your generosity, we were able to provide each student with a $50 scholarship, which was presented to them by their mentors.

It was an honor to meet these students and guide them through the first phase of this program. I can't wait to see who they become. I grew a lot throughout this experience and remain thankful for your contributions to our community. It gives me hope that together, with small or large contributions (of time, money, or physical/mental labor) we can provide the people around us with better opportunities. Most of the mentors in the group picture (not everyone is there) have deep ties to East LA. They gave up their Saturdays to be with these kids and help them move forward. I am so fortunate to have so many great people around me. We did this together and it's because of people like them and these bright young kids that I continue to work for a more equitable future. Thank you.
Juan Pablo Mercado lecturing.
Presenting Certificate of Completion
1st CAP@UCLA cohort w/ mentors/panelists
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Unfortunately, I was so enthralled by Professor Gaye Theresa Johnson's lecture about antiracist alliances between Black and Brown people that I forgot to take a picture today! Sadly, this trend continued for the entire day so I will tell you about what we did. After listening to such a wonderful lecture, the students participated in a peer review personal statement workshop. The workshop was followed by a group picture (I am waiting on our awesome photographer for the pictures) with their mentors. After having lunch with their mentors, the students participated in a Financial Aid workshop led by UCLA Financial Aid Office Staff. That was followed by a How to Find and Apply for Scholarships workshop by Makeda Njoroge, a second year phd student in the UCLA History Department. It was important for students to get a good idea about how to fund their education and think about how they relate to other communities, especially the Black community. We have one more Saturday Academy to go! I want to thank everyone who worked and contributed to make this possible. The students truly appreciate your efforts on their behalf. Again, I'm sorry about the lack of pictures this weekend.
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Hi Everyone,

Here's another update regarding the second Saturday Academy that took place this weekend. We had an action packed day! We started with an Admissions workshop delivered by a UCLA Admissions officer, who also brought some swag for the students. Followed by a lecture style conversation about Immigration History by Prof. Kelly Lytle Hernandez and a UCLA campus tour from the perspective of contributions and events vital to students of color on-campus. We then had a break for lunch with mentors. We kept up the insane pace with an IDEAS workshop by the AB 540 Project speaking about what it means to be "American", exploring immigration legislation, such as the CA Dream Act, and discussion questions about immigrant identity. This was followed by a Personal Statement workshop where students thought about their story and how to share it. I think the students learned a lot today and are feeling empowered. They appreciate that their mentors are from their community and understand many of the things they are going though. Your contributions mean a lot because one of the students spoke about how he didn't really think much about college before this program. The students are a lot more excited about the opportunities and possibilities. This was made possible through your generosity and commitment to these kids. Thank you for all your hard work!

-Javier
Prof. Kelly Hernandez on Immigration
Students in Personal Statement Workshop
Students on UCLA Campus Tour POC-style
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Hi Everyone!

I wanted to let everyone know that we had a wonderful inaugural Saturday Academy last weekend. We only have 6 students participating but we hope to surprise them with your generosity. Last weekend they learned about the A-G requirements, met with their mentors, learned how to do research from a UCLA Librarian, and listened to Prof. Mario Escobar talk about how he went from a child soldier during the Civil War in El Salvador to a Professor. It was a powerful experience. I wanted to thank you all for your support and generosity because your contributions made this possible. And of course, the students were fed! I'll provide weekly updates. I am so thankful for your investment in our youth!

-Javier
Prof. Mario Escobar speaks to students.
UCLA Librarian Simon Lee runs a workshop
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Simply because we need more valuable players in this field! Great initiative, Javier. :D

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