College scholarships, and so much More…

Leaders are made through a lot of hard work, dedication and drive. Many of the students in our Care through College Program are already in college, or ready to go!

CLF Leadership Scholarships aids them with specific expenses-books, extra course fees, rent, and even basics like meals and clothing.

We started our Care through College Program in 2005, when we realized that many of the children in our then-Vita Network were struggling with their homework. Many parents knew English as a second-language only, and felt limited in their ability to help with their children’s schoolwork. We opened our first Learning Center on Main Street in Santa Monica in 2006, then started conducting Care through College out of the Boys & Girls Club of Venice in 2009.

Today, the focus of this program is meeting one-on-one with the students to help with college essays and applications when needed, and meeting the young adults at the Capital One Cafe in Santa Monica-meeting there for Finance Workshops, special events, and a safe place to discuss challenge and difficulties.

Many of the core youth receiving scholarships we have known since they were children- and we are confident in their abilities to succeed and become extraordinary leaders in their chosen field! They are truly awesome.

Our beloved Christopher Rojas, who graduated high school, went on to SMC and started making & producing films. One of the student films he produced,  “Cora,”  was screen at the Student Section of the Cannes Film Festival. He has current plans to attend AFI, and continue his filmmaking career.

Our beloved Christopher Rojas, who graduated high school, went on to SMC and started making & producing films. One of the student films he produced, “Cora,” was screen at the Student Section of the Cannes Film Festival. He has current plans to attend AFI, and continue his filmmaking career.

 
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Our Founder Maria D’Angelo was a   People Magazine “Hero Among Us”  for her work with CLF & Care through College. (See video!)

Our Founder Maria D’Angelo was a People Magazine “Hero Among Us” for her work with CLF & Care through College. (See video!)

Budgeting Workshop at Capital One Cafe-Santa Monica!

Budgeting Workshop at Capital One Cafe-Santa Monica!