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"Becoming a Project SELF intern has been one of the best decisions I could have made. It has taught me ambition and what the proper etiquette is in an office environment. It has also taught me to be professional and it has given me knowledge and insight of what the real world will be like after college. It has made me realize that the more education I get, the better chance I have for a better life."
– NIKOLAS, PROJECT SELF PARTICIPANT
From the product of the Santa Ana public school system, Stephen experienced firsthand the struggle of being a first-generation college student. However, he finished strong with a degree in Business Economics from UCLA. “Project SELF taught me that I can earn my seat at the table. I recognize that not everyone will have someone like I did to tell them that they are destined for greatness. I believe in Project SELF because the people in involved in Project SELF believe in me." Stephen credits Project SELF for giving him access to doors he could never have opened himself.
– STEPHEN MENDOZA, PROJECT SELF GRADUATE
From an unmotivated arrogant teen making bad decisions, Project SELF helped turn Miguel into a mature young man who has earned two college degrees and is looking forward to a successful career as a teacher. “Project SELF motivated me to become a better person, a better student, and someone who now wants to give back through teaching." Miguel credits the people he met during his Project SELF internship as the motivation to attend college and seek a professional career. He is extremely grateful for the experience that changed his life.
– MIGUEL MEJA, PROJECT SELF GRADUATE
From a struggling teen surrounded by violent crime and drug use to the position of supervisor for 15 years at a respected large Orange County law firm, Jesus tells how Project SELF changed his life. “This program opened the door to something I would never have imagined; it showed me to believe in myself…Project SELF gave me the confidence to keep growing even when all the odds were stacked against me."
– JESUS, PROJECT SELF GRADUATE
“Project SELF was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to get experience that I would not be able to obtain in any other job. I recommend this program to every high school student."
– PROJECT SELF INTERN