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Participants will receive special bundles to help prepare for the fall semester, as well as first-hand support from CSULA and ELAC students.


What is Boyle Heights Avanza?

BH Avanza is a high school to college transitional support program that outreaches and mentors student cohorts to ensure academic persistence through their first year of college at ELAC or CSULA. Students from Mendez High School and Roosevelt High School admitted to ELAC or CSULA are recruited to join Avanza in the late spring semester.

What is the objective of Boyle Heights Avanza?

The overarching objective encompasses building a cohesive support system amongst student cohorts, community schools, residents, and community partners that will foster retention and graduation rates.

With the mentorship of the College & Career Ambassadors, Avanza students will have access to academic and campus-related resources and support services to ensure successful completion of their first year in college.

Background of Boyle Heights Avanza

The purpose and strategy of Avanza come from the foundation that was set upon implementation of the community-school models at our local schools where residents, students, college-access partners, work together to expand college pathway opportunities to seniors transitioning from high school to prepare students for their post-secondary college and career aspirations.

Avanza seeks to...

  • Celebrate student achievement

  • Prepare students to navigate a collegiate system that may be virtually unknown or intimidating to most

  • Encourage the development of a self-conscious lens in the student so that they may see the potential impact of their educational journey in shaping the socio-political environment of the communities they come from

  • Establish an informal support system that students can access for resources to build on retention and graduation rates, including social media groups


Who are the College & Career Ambassadors?

Avanza employs four to five College & Career Ambassadors to support the College & Career work at Promesa, as well as leading the coordinating efforts for Avanza’s summer bridge workshops and conference. The C&C Ambassadors are current students at ELAC and CSULA who provide support and resources to their assigned cohort of students. 


The C&C Ambassadors play an active role in supporting events at Promesa’s partner schools. Some of these events include the coordinating and planning of Career Day and college fairs, facilitating student workshops or surveys, assisting students with college applications, and more!

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