• July 20, 2019

Successful Local After-School Mentoring Program for Latino Youth Reveals Success with Promoting Higher Education Opportunities

"The Higher Education Mentoring Program allowed me to expand not only my knowledge as a student but also as an individual in order to help me pursue my goal of achieving higher education. Thanks to the Higher Education Mentoring Program I can say that I am more prepared to not only get into college but, be successful while there." Monica, Higher Education Mentoring Program 2019 Graduate.

Project Youth OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program, an after school college readiness program, that supports and encourages educational opportunities for young Latinos, celebrated with its Class of 2019. The 6-year program successfully provided the academic, social, and financial support needed for students to graduate from high school and successfully apply to institutions of higher education. The initial 18-month phase has been completed, yet the students will remain in contact with staff and be tracked for the next 4 years or until the reach the goal of a Bachelor’s degree. This year, the agency gave over $30,000.00 in scholarships to twenty-seven senior Higher Education Mentoring Program participants that are pursuing higher education.  “We are extremely proud of the achievements of the Higher Education Mentoring Program and its participants. The Class of 2019 has 27 amazing young men and women who we are very proud of.  Project Youth OCBF board of directors, committee members, mentors and staff, as well as the student’s families, provided strong support and the guidance needed, for these students to enter college, but it was the students who excelled to achieve the end results,” stated Martha Madrid, Associate Director.  Project Youth OCBF has given over a million dollars in 4-year renewable scholarships to Santa Ana students since 2008.

  • October 31, 2018

Project Youth OCBF receives award from Santa Ana Unified School District

Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips welcomed and addressed over 300 business and community leaders during the annual Superintendent's State of the District Breakfast on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Godinez Fundamental High School. Dr. Phillips provided a key note address and was joined by members of the Board of Education to present an award to Project Youth OCBF for embodying the theme that she has identified during her tenure as critical to success in SAUSD: Connectedness.

  • October 13, 2018

Hands of Mercy

Project Youth OCBF has also had the privilege of partnering with Hands of Mercy and its Director, Glen Whitaker for the past few years. Hands of Mercy generously provides food and grocery boxes to 20 Project Youth OCBF families in need on a monthly basis. This contribution of grocery needs has allowed numerous program families […]

  • August 11, 2018

Project SELF 2018 – Marking 23 years and over 900 students served

August 11, 2018 | Blog, Project SELF

On Wednesday, August 1, Project SELF held its annual recognition dinner honoring Project SELF summer interns from the class of 2018. The event was held at the Hilton in Costa Mesa with over 275 guests in attendance. Project Youth OCBF and the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators hosted the event to recognize this year’s 56 Project SELF interns and to thank the law firms and businesses that supported and mentored the students. The keynote speaker was Mónica Ramírez Almadani, an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • May 24, 2018

17th Annual Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation, Class of 2018

On May 8, 2018, Project Youth OCBF celebrated the graduation of the 17th Annual Higher Education Mentoring Program’s Class of 2018.  Twenty-seven graduates - 16 girls and 11 boys - graduated from the program after preparing for college for 18 months. All students will be attending college in the fall.

  • June 4, 2017

OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Class of 2017 Graduation

On May 11, 2017, OCBF celebrated the graduation of the 16th class of students successfully completing the Higher Education Mentoring Program and taking the road to college. The program provided college preparation services to twenty-one high school graduates from high schools throughout Santa Ana over a period of 18 months. OCBF is proud to send each and every student off to college with a $1000+ scholarship and college starter kits – a large laundry basket stuffed with dorm bedding and supplies and backpacks complete with educational supplies – generously donated by Suavecito, Eddie Quillares of State Farm, and Jim and Linda Skorheim.

  • July 14, 2016

Project SELF Summer Learning

July 14, 2016 | Blog, Project SELF

In July, this year’s Project SELF interns were invited to UC Irvine School of Law to learn what it takes to be admitted into college and law school. The group toured the campus and heard remarks from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a panel of young lawyers, and a panel of current UCI law students.

The next Project SELF field trip will give students the opportunity to visit the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where they will learn about the justice system and working in the courts from the firsthand experiences of the justices and staff.

  • June 20, 2016

2016 Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation

On Wednesday, May 18, the Orange County Bar Foundation held a very special evening honoring the 2016 graduates of its Higher Education Mentoring Program at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. Higher Education Mentoring Program Chair and OCBF board member Carolyn McKitterick served as the mistress of ceremonies, and OCBF President Kyle […]

  • November 9, 2015

Stanford Admissions Counselor Motivates Higher Education Mentoring Program Participants

On September 23, 2015, Yancie M. Davis, an admissions counselor at Stanford University, visited the Orange County Bar Foundation to present an overview of Stanford to the high school student participants of the Higher Education Mentoring Program. This informational workshop was very beneficial to the attendees, as they not only received information about the university, […]

  • November 9, 2015

CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Diversity

This past August, I represented OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program at CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania. Many nonprofit organizations, dedicated to helping historically underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or first-generation college students participated. Penn faculty and staff held several student/faculty panels and interactive workshops for participants. They shared with us the student profile characteristics […]

  • August 7, 2015

Project SELF Celebrates 20 Years!

August 7, 2015 | Project SELF

On Wednesday, August 5th, Project SELF held its annual recognition dinner honoring Project SELF summer interns from the class of 2015. The event was held at the Chuck Jones Center in Costa Mesa, with over 275 guests in attendance. The Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators hosted the […]

  • July 1, 2015

23 Santa Ana High School Students Graduate and Receive Scholarships

The Higher Education Mentoring Program graduated 23 of its participants, all Santa Ana high school seniors, on May 20; sending them all off to colleges across the state with scholarships in hand! It was a wonderful send-off with family, OCBF board members, and Presiding Judge Margines and his wife, and assistant Presiding Judge Saunders and her husband […]

  • June 3, 2015

UCI Pre-Med Graduate Talks About the Higher Education Mentoring Program

Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate, Class of 2015, shares her UCI Premed experience – Fall of 2015 she attends UCLA to begin her journey to be a doctor I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2014 University of California, Irvine Summer Premed Program. This program was a life changing experience. Before starting the program, I was interested in medicine […]

  • May 18, 2015

Project SELF Introduces Students to Professional Career Fields

We have found that the program helps our target population by reducing their risk of juvenile delinquency and providing positive life and career options. The Project SELF opportunity is so important because it exposes youth to professional career fields that they would not otherwise be exposed to. Because of their socioeconomic conditions and cultural limitations, […]