No one learns in a vacuum. Most successful people say they wouldn't be where they are today, if it hadn't been for the help and encouragement of others. The Fulfillment Fund is one of many not-for-profits that match those who need help with those who have been helped themselves, and want to give back. FOX 11’s Julie Chang is one of the mentors in the program.
She’s been working with eighth-grader Soraya Gil, a student in the Los Angeles public school system. Soraya’s goal is to finish high school, finish college, and start a career. The Fulfillment Fund has the same goal for the kids it works with. Through volunteers like Julie and Carlos Lovato, the Fund helps work on academics, set up scholarship opportunities, and even campus tours.
The importance of their work can be seen in the stats. According to the California Department of Education, only 63% of LAUSD high school students go on to college. That’s 12% percent less than the state average. In 2015, 81% of the Fulfillment Fund students become the first in their families to attend college. Soraya says she wants to go to college to study criminology. Carlos’s mentee, Rodrigo Gonzalez, has been accepted to two of the nine colleges he’s applied to.
For more information on how you can mentor, visit www.fulfillmentfund.org.