The Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena announced this week that it is taking part in a pilot program that will equip its members with resources that will help them get into University of California schools.
The partnership, which is between the club and the UC system, will begin with a program that involved three clubs across California — Pasadena, San Francisco and Merced, according to a statement..
Pasadena’s club will pair up with the UCLA’s UC Early Academic Outreach Program to provide information on colleges and careers to its members. In return, students in the EAOP program will be granted leadership opportunities and access to the Boys and Girls Club’s facilities.
Not only will club members receive support, they’ll also have the chance to meet college students and university faculty during classroom visits, activities and dining halls, according to the media statement.
The collaboration between the club and the UC system was announced two years ago to increase enrollment of Californian children into UC schools, said Monica Lozano, chair of the UC Board of Regents in the press release.
Lozano noted that UC has already seen gains in terms of enrollment.
“This is our largest entering class of Californians, the most diverse ever, and one of our most accomplished academically,” Lozano said in the media statement. “Our collaboration with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will make it possible for more youngsters to get the information and guidance that will prepare them for a UC education.”
Lozano went on to say that even though enrollment figures have increased, they still need to improve.
“We’re encouraged by the outcomes of our efforts this year, but there’s much more work to be done,” Lozano said.