Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Latinas in STEM2 To Achieve Success (LISTAS) will be hosting their inaugural conference at Cañada College in Redwood City this April 26, 2014. The LISTAS Conference is a motivational career and educational conference for Bay Area Latina middle/high school students and their parents.  It will introduce young Latinas to science, technology, engineering, math and management (STEM2) careers, conduct hands-on STEM2workshops, and expose them to dozens of thriving Bay Area Latina professionals. 

The purpose of the #LISTAS2014 Conference is to
·      To encourage and motivate young Latina women and their families to pursue careers in historically underrepresented fields
·      To connect young Latina women and their families with professional Latina role models in various STEMfields and who are active in their community
·      To create awareness of local thriving companies and high skilled jobs as well as key resources in the community 

Conference Details
Date:  Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Location:  Cañada College, 4200 Farm Hill Boulevard, Redwood City, CA
Cost: Free!!! Donations welcomed.
Workshops and Presentations: Workshops and presentations will be available in English and Spanish based on need.
Transportation: Free transportation for Oakland Unified School students/parents will be provided for free for the first 50 people.  For more details please contact Diana Kampa, College Readiness Specialist

Confirmed Key Note Speakers
·      Alicia Aguirre, Redwood City’s First Latina Mayor
·      Laura Gomez, Jawbone
·      Isaura Gaeta, Director, Intel Corporation

Register Today! Click here to register online.
Deadline to Register: April 1, 2014 or earlier if filled.

For more information visit, follow us on Facebook, find us on Twitter #listasorg, or simply email us at

Job Opportunity!

Juniors and seniors!

Are you looking for a summer job that has you working with young kids?
The City of Oakland Parks and Recreation has openings for the following positions:

If you are 16 and older and want to make some extra money check out the jobs below. Note that the deadlines for many of these are March 7 and 17th.

Lifeguard, Part Time (Extended Closing D...Part Time$12.35 - $15.15 Hourly03/07/14
Pool Manager, Part Time (Extended Closin...Part Time$14.99 - $18.41 Hourly03/07/14
NEW! Recreation Aide, Part TimePart Time$8.54 - $10.41 Hourly03/17/14
NEW! Recreation Attendant I, Part TimePart Time$11.02 - $13.53 Hourly03/17/14
Recreation Center Director (Selective Ce...Full Time$25.46 - $31.25 Hourly03/04/14
Water Safety Instuctor, Part Time (Exten...Part Time$13.68 - $16.78 Hourly03/07/14

Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project

Here's another opportunity to expand your resume!

CLYLP is proud to expand its programming this summer to the Bay Area by hosting the First Annual Bay Area Institute! Similar to our other regional institutes, the Bay Area Institute is designed to inspire and motivate students to become the future leaders of the Bay Area Chicano/Latino community through public service.  Open to 30 students from the greater Bay region,  the three-day institute will offer an impactful program designed to develop students’ leadership potential and increase their knowledge of the region’s cultural, political, and rich history. Institute participants will network with education, business, political and community leaders, and receive encouragement in their pursuit of post-secondary academic opportunities. Housing, meals and program materials are provided at no cost to the participants or their families. 

The Bay Area Institute will take place Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, 2014.

All institute activities will take place in the City of San Francisco.
To be eligible to apply, students must:
  • Currently be enrolled in a California high school for the 2013-2014 academic year and live in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara.
  • Currently be in either 10th (Sophomore) or 11th (Junior) grade.
  • Not have previously attended the Sacramento Leadership Conference as a participant.
  • Must be able to attend the entire weekend; no exceptions or accommodations will be made.
This is an online application process. Applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on Friday, April 11, 2014. Click on the link below to read the application instructions.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors Program

Are you in 9th, 10th or 11th grade, have at least two years of Spanish and have a lot of leadership and/or volunteer service experience?

If you answered YES to these questions, you could qualify to go on an ALL-paid 3 week trip to Uruguay this summer.

AMIGOS Youth Ambassadors study community development, civic engagement, and leadership theories and practice through a three-week International Training. During their International Training, participants learn about and engage with US and South American history and culture through host family stays, service work with US and South American peers, and visits to cultural and historic sites. The International Training provides Youth Ambassadors with hands on experience in the design and implementation of Community-Based Initiative (CBI). After returning home from the International Training, each participant carries out a CBI in his/her home community.
-Tentative Trip Dates: June 25-July 17 2014
-Develop leadership skills and immerse yourself in the Uruguay culture
-Return home to carry out your project idea

Application deadline is: March 23, 2014

Apply at

Monday, February 24, 2014

Experience Berkeley High School Program

Stiles Hall is now accepting applications for one of their free programs called Experience Berkeley. This is for current Black, Chican@/ Latin@, & Native American high school juniors anywhere in California. This is an amazing program aimed at increasing the representation of students of color in high education, please share it widely.

The application for the Experience Berkeley High School program is now available:


EBHS is a free program that provides Black, Latino & Native American rising seniors (class of 2015) with a 3.5 or higher GPA with mentors, tools, and resources to complete a competitive UC college application and the opportunity to get a close, personal look at UCBerkeley.

Students are introduced to college life, given admissions feedback on personal statements, financial aid information, and mentoring throughout the application process during the summer and school year.

The application must be completed in one sitting and includes an essay of 1000 words answeringeither of the following:

1. How you have taken advantage of the resources & opportunities available to you
2. Example(s) of your leadership experiences in home, school, or community OR
3. How you overcame disadvantages in particular those relating to economic, education, cultural, or physical obstacles. Please ensure you express what the disadvantage was and how you have overcome it.

The application is due on March 31st. If you have any difficulties or questions about the application please email the director, Keith Flowers at:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

QuestBridge College Prep Scholar


Here is a GREAT opportunity for you!

Who is qualified for the College Prep Scholarship?
College Prep Scholars are often first in their class, from households earning less than $60,000 per year for a family of four, and of the first generation in their families to attend college. Last year, Quest Bridge provided more than 3,000 College Prep Scholars with resources to help them achieve their college dreams. 

How will the College Prep Scholarship help you?
Selection as a College Prep Scholar is a distinction that signifies 
academic success and leadership despite having faced financial challenges. College Prep Scholarship awards give high-achieving, low-income juniors the tools they need to prepare successful applications to top colleges, and help them understand that the generous financial aid at these colleges makes attending affordableif not free. The awards include full scholarships to college summer programs, invitations to our National College Admissions conferences, and more

QuestBridge takes the following factors into account when considering a College Prep Scholarship application:
  • Academic Achievement
  • Financial Need
  • Personal Circumstances

We do not use fixed cut-offs in assessing applicants' academic or socio-economic qualifications. Instead, careful consideration is given to all qualifications presented by the student in his/her application through a holistic review process.

Marcus Foster Education Fund (MFEF)

Marcus Foster Education Fund (MFEF) administers, making REAL change a diversified community investment fund exclusively devoted to the post-secondary success of OUSD graduates.  Donors give to build community and change the narrative regarding OUSD, the city of Oakland and the potential of its students.  Students with need apply themselves for meaningful support in launching their post-secondary career.  

Scholarships range from $1000-$5000


Graduating high school seniors who are pursuing four-year institution, two-year institution, or trade/technical programs, are eligible to apply if they meet all of the following criteria:
  • Currently an OUSD high school senior
  • Attended an OUSD public or charter school at least the last two years
  • Complete the FAFSA or the California Dream Act Application by the March 2nd priority deadline
  • Plan to attend four-year institution, two-year institution, or trade/technical program in the fall following your graduation from high school
The DEADLINE is on March 31, 2014. We notify applicants of their award status by mid-May and all recipients are required to attend an orientation and scholarship awards ceremony.


Click on the link below to start!