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Non-profit gets involved with Downey students
WRITTEN BY :   Joanna Quintana, Intern

DOWNEY — MAPS 4 College has already put its foot in the door of Downey’s educational system, but contains far greater plans for all college-bound students, hoping to create a partnership with the City of Downey so as to better offer its services.
MAPS (Motivate to strive for excellence; Achieve to help the community-at-large; Personal commitment to transcend perceived limits, Speak the truth-change the world) is a non-profit organization that holds the mission to assist students in gaining entrance into the college of their choice as well as the workforce.
This non-profit is focused on helping students reach their goals, offering a variety of programs and services that have proven to be beneficial for college-bound students in the past, holding many achievements including involved students gaining acceptance into the college of their choice after receiving assistance from MAPS. Such programs consist of college counseling courses, internship opportunities, financial organization strategies, a summer college camp, college tours and academic-success seminars. Those who believe they may be aided by these programs are not only invited, but encouraged to come to take advantage of the available opportunities.
“We provide quality, comprehensive services to students, families, and communities,” said CEO and MAPS 4 College Founder, Sarai Koo. “MAPS 4 College works with middle school, high school, and adult students. We partnered with the City of Baldwin Park and we’re working with all their school district. We’re working with high school students but in the City of Downey, we started collaborating with the adult students.”
Already involved with other cities and many other students, MAPS has turned its attention to the City of Downey, hoping to create a partnership so as to involve more college-bound students with their programs. Having already made its mark on the Downey Adult School by providing a workforce readiness curriculum, MAPS courses-which are deemed to be implemented in April-consist of Business Writing, Career and College Pathways, and Relationship Skills. However, MAPS does not intend on being satisfied with having its influence set on only the adults of Downey-this organization has set its focus on helping the younger students as well.
“What we would love to do is be partner with the city of Downey and the school district like what we did with Baldwin Park and find ways so we can come in and really support the high school students” says Koo. “We hear the high school students are doing well. There are a lot of services going on, but it would be great to have an organization to work with the schools and the city.”
To get involved or to ask any questions, MAPS 4 College can be contacted through their website, www.maps4college.org, email: info@maps4college.org, and phone number: (310) 487-1228.

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Published: October 7, 2010 – Volume 9 – Issue 25



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