Mapping the Transition Process: Bridging the Gap Between College and the Workforce

submission by sarai.koo.1
Mapping the Transition Process: Bridging the Gap Between College and the Workforce

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

MAPS 4 College

Organization(s) website(s):

Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


This organization maps the transitional process of students’ from college to the workforce by considering factors of college preparation, volunteerism, internships, and networking.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Our organization provides services to fill the gaps for schools, colleges, job training, and recruitment agencies. We do this by providing intentional networking events and integrated essential skill-building internship opportunities for students to transition from college to the workforce.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


Unemployment is an endemic disease that affects lives and the economy; young people are affected the most. Over the lifetime of 6.7 million unemployed Americans who are currently ages 16-34, it is estimated to cost the U.S. $1.5 trillion in government subsidized assistance and loss in tax revenue.

The highest percentage of unemployed adults are 18-24 year olds college students who lack essential skills in the workplace. Our organization will provide hands-on essential/soft skills training for college students. Students will volunteer their time as interns to help high school students achieve success.

MAPS will provide two opportunities: 1. host intentional events and workshops and 2. establish a volunteer/internship program designed for college students.

1. These events are tailored to bridge students with agencies. We will invite students, businesses, job recruiting agencies, colleges, and leaders to create a seamless interagency network to create opportunities for students to be employed and companies to recruit qualified candidates who may have been missed in the pile of job applicants.

2. Student interns/volunteers will be able to gain experience through training and completing hands on tasks that will prepare them to reach their full potential in the industry of their choice. Students will also be able to volunteer and help with the preparation of events.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


MAPS will be evaluated by the number of events and workshops hosted, number of people who attended, and number of volunteers and interns and hours completed.

The workshops and events hosted would also be evaluated through surveys by those who attended the events.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Good luck!

by Devang_23
5 months ago

Good luck Helen!!

by DorothyJoy
5 months ago

Vote friends! This is an excellent program that is doing great work in the community to help youth succeed in school, college and life! They need your help. GDT

by GeorgeTaylor
5 months ago

From Refugee Camp to Dream College, University of Chicago

MAPS Brenda and Courtney

Briana and Genessis Learn About Confidence

Selfie Video: Internship Experience

Pauline shares her experience at MAPS 4 College

by helenhohoho
5 months ago

Impressive! All the best!

by siewgeok
5 months ago

Victor Tan interviewed Helen Ho:

“I’m a fourth year at The University of Chicago, and I’m a first generation immigrant. I was born in a refugee camp in Vietnam, and my family lived there for seven to eight years, before I came to the US.

Our arrival in America was a blessing in some ways, a source of new struggles and flash points in my life. Immigration, after all, is never easy: I grew up trying to be a good daughter in a world full of clashes. Marital clashes between my parents led to divorce, and the cultural divide between a newly minted Asian American me and a Hispanic majority neighborhood led to trouble fitting in school: My parents didn't always understand the problems that I had because the worlds that we had grown up in were so different: The problems that they had faced were different, but that didn't mean that mine weren't real.

But you know, things would change during junior year of high school.

That year, I joined a local non-profit program back in LA called MAPS 4 College. I’d thought that it would just be another SAT/ACT test prep program: I registered, interviewed, and passed. Somehow, I ended up talking about life, destiny, and the future with Sarai Koo, the program’s founder, my lifelong mentor, and a friend I will always treasure.

Sarai had founded MAPS with nothing more than funding from donations and grants, and run it with an indomitable energy that just drew you in and made you believe that dreams could come true – Two years later, we had discussed politics, society, and everything in between, I had taken part in her research, shared in her passion and zest, overcome insecurities, and... Can you believe it? I had gotten into my dream college - Dreams sometimes come true, don't they? *Laughter*

What can I say? MAPS changed my life, it has changed the lives of many people like me in LA, and I hope that it will continue to do so: The program has really been a blessing to me, and I will always be grateful for it. I'm thankful to God for everything that I have today and will continue to put Him first... And all I hope is that others, too, will be able to receive this blessing that I have received, in the future to come."

MAPS is one of 64 organizations in LA competing for a $100,000 grant from the MyLAConnect project, which aims at : Whichever project gets the most votes wins. If you’d like to support the MAPS 4 College cause and help them win their $100,000 grant, please vote here!

by sarai.koo
5 months ago

This grant funding will help MAPS relaunch our special projects to continue helping low-income, minority youth go to college, graduate from college, and secure employment. In 2014, we were chosen as the #1 community service organization out of 28 cities. Thus far, we served more than 17,000 people. From our two research studies, 86% went to 4 year universities and 14% went to two year colleges. No one has dropped out.

by sarai.koo
5 months ago


by Xmd2610
5 months ago

great !

by Esther_shereen
5 months ago

All the best

by Sureshkumar
5 months ago

gl hf

by tylerlco
5 months ago


by elisa21
5 months ago

Good Luck!

by Jay1906
5 months ago

Good luck!

by DavidKT
6 months ago

G Luck Maps and Sarai!

by joerebel
6 months ago

I spelled terrific wrong... Sorry. I don't even know what "terric" means.

by MJon
6 months ago

Terric organization. Wonderful leaders. i wish them well in their every endeavor.

by MJon
6 months ago

What does it take to help our millennials? ....This grant!

by sarai.koo.1
6 months ago

Let us help our nation and millennials get educated and employed!

by sarai.koo.1
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
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Winner Announced
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