Connecting First Generation Students to College Resources

Presented by Cal-SOAP Los Angeles

Alliance 2019 Breakout Session

Join Cal-SOAP Los Angeles to learn how high school students can begin preparing to fulfill their post-secondary goals. They will discuss financial aid opportunities, as well as explore college resources available to first generation students. A panel of current college students will discuss their experiences navigating higher education.

This breakout session will take place on November 21, 2019 at the Alliance Summit & Excellence In Parent Engagement Awards at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles. Register today to join the session and find out how you can support your student as they prepare for college and as they navigate college systems.

About the Presenters

Growing up in South Central LA, so many students considered college but didn’t have a guide to support them through the whole process… Camella Cooper understands the pressures of high school and generational trauma that prevents African American young people to achieve their educational goals and looks to elevate and support them in their journey. Read More.


Jorge Prado is a Program Manager at Families In Schools, committed to providing families the tools and resources to enable them to reach their educational goals. He says, “the time you take to invest in a family by providing valuable information, can make a world of difference to the academic success of their children.” Read More.


I believe in the transformative power of education, and education as a force to combat poverty and injustice. As a first-generation college student, my passion is in supporting under-represented and communities of color to achieve career success and higher education. Read More.