I AM Mentoring

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SummerTIME 2015 Applications Available!

We are still accepting applications for the SummerTIME program!

The deadline to submit your application is Friday, May 22nd.

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I AM 2015-2016 Applications Available!

The I AM 2015-2016 application has just opened! Please fill it out by the deadline on May 29, 2015.


Getting In: Increasing Access to College via Mentoring


William Tierney and Lisa Garcia reflect on the past decade of the Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) program. They expand on the challenges the program faced and the overarching results of I AM.

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Project Description

Helping High School Students Navigate the College Admissions and Aid Processes.

Increasing Access via Mentoring (I AM) program is an action based intensive mentoring model where staff and graduate students from USC guide college-ready high school seniors through the college and financial aid application processes. Through one-on-one mentoring, the program aims to provide students with critical information and support that will lead to successful application for college admission and financial aid. I AM mentors help students make informed decisions about where to apply to and attend college and provide assistance with interpreting students’ financial aid awards. The goal of the program is to increase the college-going population at the target high school by 10-25%. The I AM program takes a ‘hands-on’ approach where each ‘mentor’ works with 1-3 students for a total of 3-4 hours/month. The program spans from September through June.

The essential goal is to increase college-going for CSU- and UC-eligible high school seniors in these schools with historically low college-going rates. Further, the program will ensure that student participants are not only admitted to a four-year institution, but are prepared for the transition from high school to college.


If you are a senior in an LAUSD high school, you may be eligible to participate in I AM. See below for our eligbility requirements.

Students from our following partner schools may apply:

  • Belmont
  • Downtown Magnets
  • Foshay
  • Fremont
  • Manual Arts
  • Marshall
  • Roosevelt
  • Roybal
  • West Adams Prep
  • Ambassador School of Global Leadership

Your mentor will be a graduate student or staff member from USC. We’ve helped many students get into the colleges they wanted to go to, we can help you too!

Eligibility Requirements

Mentee Application


We’re thrilled you plan to mentor and advise one or two high school students transitioning from high school to college!

Mentor Role

Time Commitment

Participation Requirements

Desirable Qualities

Mentor Application

SummerTIME Program

Our SummerTIME program (Tools, Information, Motivation, Education) serves low-income underrepresented college-bound students representing Los Angeles Unified high schools where over 90% of attendees are eligible for the federal school lunch program. Students who attend low-income urban schools are frequently unprepared for college. Most participants live in homes where English is a second language and are the first in their families to graduate high school and continue on to college. Based on previous years’ participants, approximately 65-75% of our students are Latino, 10-20% are African American, and 10-15% are Asian/Islander. Approximately 80% of the students attend colleges in California.

Project Description

When students enter SummerTIME program, their reading and writing levels are low, their time management skills are weak, and their knowledge about what it takes to succeed in college is frequently non-existent. Our program impacts these realities; we understand the effects of poverty and inequality in these students’ lives and provide them with the critical tools needed for their transition to college life. The Pullias Center’s SummerTIME program has a proven track record pertaining to academic enrichment. The program focuses on improving writing levels and college knowledge of college-bound youth so that they are better prepared to navigate university life.

The SummerTIME curriculum is an intensive program of college level writing, supplemented with information related to the transition to college. The objectives of the program are fourfold:

  • To increase students’ expository writing abilities
  • To improve students’ grammar and language capabilities
  • To increase students’ ability to revise and evaluate their own work
  • To provide students with resources and tools for transitioning from high school to college.


Students from many LAUSD high schools have participated in SummerTIME, including those from our current and past partner high schools such as: Belmont, Bravo Medical Magnet, Crenshaw, Dorsey, Downtown Magnets, Foshay Learning Center, Fremont, Locke, Manual Arts, John Marshall, New Designs, Roosevelt, and Roybal Learning Center.


  • Current I AM Student
  • Be committed to daily program attendance, class participation, and timely completion of assignments
  • MUST be a graduating SENIOR entering a 4-YEAR college or university in fall 2015
  • Have EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of less than $10,000
Required Materials:
  • Personal statement: 2 pages; 250-500 word; double-spaced; 12-point font (Times New Roman); include a full introduction, body, and conclusion to your essay.
  • FAFSA: Submit a copy of your 2015-2016 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) or your CA Dream Act CalSAR (summary report).
  • High School Transcript: Submit a current transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable).
  • Financial Award Letter: Submit your financial award letter from the college/university you will be attending in the fall.


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