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  • C5LA
  • 3100 North Broadway
  • Los Angeles, CA 90031
  • (209) 606-7439
  • 1999
  • Albany Vega
  • CAPS Director

Program Description

The mission of the C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California, is to change the odds for high-potential teens from under-resourced communities by inspiring them to pursue personal success, while preparing them for leadership roles in school, college, work and their communities.

  • Our youth-centered program:
  • Builds strong relationships between youth and adults -- creating confidence that our youth are not alone, that people truly care about and support them.
  • Introduces the concept of college early -- allowing them to see this as a realistic goal and showing them how to achieve it.
  • Introduces them to new activities, ideas and concepts -- expanding their horizons, helping to create a new vision for their future.
  • Engages them in challenging activities -- building self-confidence which youth carry with them into challenging real-life situations.
  • Engages them in community service -- building self-efficacy so they see that they can make a difference.
  • Leads them to career opportunities -- exposing them to new opportunities through job shadowing and career exploration.

Services Provided

  • Arts and cultural
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Community service/service hours
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 300
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Less than 25%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • California State University-Los Angeles (2)
  • California State University-Northridge
  • Emory University (1)
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • University of California-Riverside
  • Wesleyan University (1)

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 95%