Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of Kern County students has the opportunity to go to college. Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of Kern County youth that attain a higher education at the community college or university of their choice.
Throughout the past 20 years, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation has risen to the forefront of college readiness and success efforts in Kern County. We have awarded over one million dollars in scholarship funds, and we serve nearly 3,000 youth on a yearly basis through our various initiatives.
Since 1994, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation has been dedicated to developing the next generation of Kern County professionals. Our vision is to help close the higher education gap for Kern County students.
Youth 2 Leaders Education has worked diligently for 20 years to distribute funds to qualified and motivated students. To date, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation has provided more than $1,000,000 to kern county students in scholarship support.
In 2004, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation established the Kern County Cash for College initiative. Kern County Cash for College aims to increase access for students most at-risk and in need for financial support for higher education. Many students and parents are overwhelmed by the process of applying for financial aid, and are unaware that there is additional support available to help cover the expenses of college, university and vocational school. Kern County Cash for College helps students and parents complete the complex federal and state financial aid forms.
Early planning and preparation are vital for success in college. Since 2008, Youth 2 Leaders Education Foundation has provided pre-college outreach programs that help students prepare for, access and succeed in postsecondary education. Pre-college outreach programs consist of campus visits, residential programs, and weekend academies.
In 2015, our pre-college initiatives grew as we added the Y2L Academy. The Y2L Academy is a cohort based program that prepares students and parents for a college education and beyond. Students and/or parents participate in informational sessions in which they learn about how to prepare for college, and more importantly about how to be successful college students and resilient adults.
With the help of the community, educational institutions, and business partners, we are providing opportunities to the next generation of leaders.