Empowering Youth Through Education

A Life-Changing Seven-Day College Tour

Many Fulfillment Fund students are the first in their families to apply to and attend college. Many have never set foot on a college campus, and traveling out of town to visit a campus may be prohibitively expensive. The Fulfillment Fund's overnight and day college trips empower students with first-hand knowledge of the wide range of choices available to them, and help them envision themselves as a college student.

Many Fulfillment Fund students are the first in their families to apply to and attend college. Many have never set foot on a college campus, and traveling out of town to visit a campus may be prohibitively expensive.

Our day and overnight college trips address these obstacles.

On November 6-12, 31 Fulfillment Fund students in their junior and senior year of high school took a bus trip to ten college campuses in Northern California – at no cost to them.

Escorted by a team of Fulfillment Fund staff members acting as chaperones, tour guides and trip planners, students spent a full week touring college campuses.

“For many of our students, the thought of going to a school away from Los Angeles can be intimidating, but by the end of the trip, you see hope and excitement replacing that fear,” says Emily Tann, Associate Director of Experiential Learning and Program Events.

“Some students also become more motivated to do better in school as a result of this trip because they actually fall in love with a campus that they can see themselves attending, and as a result, make it a goal to get there.”

Traveling on buses to each campus, our students spoke with admissions officers, representatives of equal opportunity programs and financial aid providers. They had meals and stayed overnight in campus residence halls, thanks to the generosity of each host college or university.

They met with current students at each college – including Fulfillment Fund alumni Jenny Gutierrez and Ligia Rosales at UC Davis, and Michael Causey at San Jose State – and encountered each institution’s unique beauty.

Overnight and day college trips empower students with first-hand knowledge of the wide range of choices available to them, and help them envision themselves as a college student. This leads them to not only apply to colleges, but ultimately choose the college or university that is right for them.

“A lot of the colleges that we visited have now become choices for me,” said Brian Macias, a junior at Gertz-Ressler High School. “For a kid like me, who had no idea what college to look into, this has been very beneficial.”