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Young Collegians Program

Inspired by the desire to increase the high school-to-college matriculation pipeline, the Young Collegians Program (YCP) target population is comprised mainly of students who have traditionally been underrepresented—those who are not highly motivated and for whom the cost and academic preparation for college is not readily available, English language learners, and first-generation college attendees.

I was so unsure of how to do anything besides high school, and felt like I had no guide, until I became a Young Collegian. Thanks to the Young Collegians, I’m able to go to college, which was my main goal. I feel prepared enough to be able to do it on my own. Now I won’t be so lost and unsure of things, but instead I’ll be able to act as a confident college student, and use all my resources to reach my goal.  
  Adrian, YCP Class of 2008

Funded in large part by The Santa Monica College Foundation, the collaborative program was born in 2008 between SMC and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The SMMUSD high school students, whose parents never attended college, participate in SMC courses beginning in the summer after their freshman high school year and continue enrolling in courses each subsequent summer until they graduate from high school.

The goal is that by the time they graduate, each Young Collegian will have at least 14 units that they can transfer to any 4-year institution. In addition to providing funds for the Young Collegian summer program enrollment, the Foundation also awards a $500 scholarship to each of the students who successfully completed the program and who then attend SMC. Funding for this life-changing program is made possible through the generous support of private annual contributions—such as membership in the President’s Circle and to the Foundation’s annual fund.

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