Level Up: Students, Organizations, and Colleges Working Together For College Success!

submission by SoCalCAN
Level Up: Students, Organizations, and Colleges Working Together For College Success!

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Southern California College Access Network, a Project of Community Partners

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


SoCal CAN is an alliance of over 60 organizations that together make college graduation a reality for low-income, first generation youth in Los Angeles.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Students, community-based organizations, and colleges all are working toward the same goal: students graduating from college. Since their goals are aligned, these groups should not work outside of each other; instead, SoCal CAN proposes the coordination of these entities to ensure effective and efficient supports are available for all students.

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 “Learn” metrics? (check all that apply)

Percentage of children enrolled in early education programs

Percentage of community college students completing a certificate, degree, or transfer-related program in six years

Youth unemployment and underemployment

District-wide graduation rates

HS student proficiency in English & Language Arts and Math

Academic Performance Index* scores

College matriculation rates

Student education pipeline (an integrated network of pre-schools, K-12 institutions, and higher education systems that prepares students for seamless transitions between high school, higher education institutions, and the workforce) (Dream Metric)

Suspension and expulsion rates (Dream Metric)

Truancy rates in elementary and middle schools (Dream Metric)

Students perceived sense of safety at and on the way to school (Dream Metric)

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


By 2050, we envision all low-income, first generation students receiving the support they need to not only attend but also graduate from college. We imagine a Los Angeles where students, community-based organizations and colleges work together to ensure that all students are able to access the strongest support services their campus has to offer.

Since 2009, over 1500 students have supported each other to graduation through SoCal CAN’s Level Up program. Within Level Up, students form teams that advocate for each other’s needs and direct each other to valuable on-campus support resources. However, sometimes there are not resources available to meet these needs or those resources are challenging to access. So, we propose that organizations and colleges act more like our students: we propose “teaming up” to better support college students.

To make LA the best place to learn, we will add to our more than 15 community-based organizations that are working in concert to identify effective practices in college success and leverage their collective power to effect institutional change. In the six years of our program, we have seen extraordinary benefits for participants and their students. Coordinated action allows organizations to focus on and build upon their core competencies, not wasting organizational capacity on projects that do not align with their strengths. Coordinated action also yields stronger results as organizations are integrating their core competencies into a collaborative program. Finally, and most importantly, more students can be more effectively served by a coordinated action, as more effective programming means more capacity to serve more people. In order to make our idea a reality, SoCal CAN proposes to integrate 15 new organizations (which translates to 1500 students) into some aspect of the Level Up program.

Community-based organizations should not have to do this work on their own. In order for our idea to succeed, community-based organizations should stop working outside of colleges and rather work in concert with them. Through this partnership, community-based organizations will learn how to effectively prepare students for their time on campus and institutions will learn about the on-the-ground plight of students. In order to make our idea a reality, we will partner with 4 local colleges.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The success of these collaborations must be measured by their effect on the students we serve. In order to ensure that our outcomes are being met, we will track students’ persistence through college by matching our students against the National Student Clearing House. Beyond this basic metric of student success, we will track a series of intermediate data points that we believe will signal whether students are going to successfully persist. We will not solely test how students are rating on these indicators; we will also analyze whether these indicators are effected by our collaborations with community-based organizations and colleges.

Success in this project will also be measured by the number of new partnerships SoCal CAN forms. As a network that thrives when collaboration is deep and purposeful, we will also track a series of data points that ensure that we are not only creating partnerships in name but instead purposeful, productive partnerships.

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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Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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