Footsteps to College

Footsteps to College

FTC Club at John Muir High School

This student-led club enables students of various ages to collaborate on building their individual and group capacity in the areas of college readiness, career exploration, personal and academic achievement, and leadership development. Students lead all meetings, identify and design volunteer opportunities, and function as college advocates on their campus. Students in this program meet bi-monthly to accomplish measurable benchmarks, engage in conversation with peers, and to have fun!

All students at John Muir are welcome to participate in this club, which meets in Ms. McDonald’s classroom at lunch and receives guidance from a CAP Program Coordinator.

To learn more or get involved, contact the FTC club coordinator, Joyce Hsiao: joyce@collegeaccessplan.org or CAP’s John Muir High School Program Coordinator, Rodrigo Gomez: rodrigo@collegeaccessplan.org

FTC College Mentors at Four PUSD High Schools

CAP’s partnership with Pasadena City College (PCC) provides select leaders on our high school campuses with the opportunity to be college experts and advocates for their peers. The College Mentor Program trains high school student volunteers to do outreach to other students at their school and in their community. College Mentors receive training from CAP staff and PCC Ambassadors (college student employees) on topics related to 2-year and 4-year colleges. College Mentors help promote CAP and PCC events on campus and identify new ways to increase college enrollment at the school.

Program Expectations:

  • Mentors commit 10 hours per month of volunteer time (hours count toward an academy medallion)
  • Mentors participate in mandatory training hours
  • Mentors commit to doing outreach during lunch, announcement times, or other regular school hours
  • Mentors attend some evening or weekend events on the PCC campus

Benefits to College Mentors:

  • Receipt of certified volunteer hours
  • Certificate of Student Outreach upon completion of program that documents training and experience in a college readiness leadership role
  • Letters of recommendation for college and job applications
  • Former College Mentors who do attend PCC are given priority access to paid positions as Student Ambassadors
  • Specialized attention from CAP staff members and access to PCC resources

To learn more or get involved, contact CAP’s FTC College Mentoring Program Coordinator, Joyce Hsiao: joyce@collegeaccessplan.org

To learn about CAP’s high school drop-in after school programs, visit our High School page.