College Search
Dismiss notification

JOYA Scholars

  • JOYA Scholars
  • PO Box 1457
  • Fullerton, CA 92836
  • 714-322-JOYA

Program Description

The Garnet Neighborhood in the City of Fullerton, CA is made up of five small blocks where more than 1,200 low-income children from working class immigrant families make their home. This neighborhood, in the middle of one of the wealthiest counties in the country, was marked by one startling statistic: There had been no college graduates to emerge from the Garnet Neighborhood in over a decade.

By supporting students through one-on-one mentoring, academic tutoring, educational workshops, parent academy, campus visits, SAT prep, JOYA Scholars comes alongside junior high and high school students to fill a relational and knowledgeable gap for students and their families for whom the school can be a confusing and intimidating process to navigate.

Success Stories

With her own determination and guidance from JOYA Scholars, Valeria became the first person from her neighborhood to graduate from college in over a decade. Today, Valeria is attending law school and continues to live in the Garnet neighborhood.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • ESL Students


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • California State University-Fullerton (1)
  • Chapman University (1)
  • University of California-Irvine (1)
  • University of California-Riverside (1)