College Crews

C5LA’s newest effort to track college persistence and success is College Crews. The purpose of College Crews is to recruit and train C5 Alumni enrolled in college as sophomores, juniors and seniors to create C5 Crews as campus-based cohorts of C5 alum who are in college. Through C5 Crews, C5 alum are able to connect with and mentor the incoming C5LA college freshmen. College Crews will create a network of support for college freshmen with a strong sense of belonging on campus by:

  1. Cultivating a safe and supportive network

  2. Adjusting to college

  3. Gaining appropriate post-secondary academic habits

  4. Navigating financial challenges

  5. Creating long-term academic plans that culminate in graduation

College Crews ambassadors are currently at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, San Francisco State University, CSU Northridge, and CSU Los Angeles.

Interested in finding more about College Crews and being an ambassador on your campus? Fill out the form below to get in contact with Albany Vega!



College Scholarships

Browse through the following scholarships applicable to current college students:

Recurring Scholarships:
Bi-Annual $1,000 Environmental Awareness Scholarship Essay
Student Loan Hero $5K Scholarship
2018-19 Dream Act Scholarship

Limited Time Scholarships:
HACU Scholarship Program
Husband and Wife Law Team Scholarship
MyBioSource Inc. Scholarship for All Majors
Hylan Family Scholarship
The Community Superhero Scholarship
Annual Community Volunteer Scholarship
Monkey Key Scholarship

If you want to find out about more scholarships and other resources/opportunities for current college students, fill out the form below to get in contact with our CAPS Director, Albany Vega.


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How College Students Can Fight Sleep Deprivation

College life has many facets, including studying, partying, and working. It’s an experience that can lead to high levels of stress all the way around. Getting enough quality sleep is vital to surviving, and prospering, in college, and there are a few different reasons for this.
Young adults tend to think they are invincible and that they can get away with bad habits indefinitely, including shorting themselves on sleep, however that is not the case.
Unfortunately, consistent sleep deprivation is a nasty cyclical habit you don’t want to get caught in the middle of. The more sleep deprived you are, the worse you perform academically. To remediate your poor performance, you choose to sacrifice even more precious shut eye to study harder, only to find the vicious cycle continues.

Newsflash: the solution to poor academic performance is not staying up into the wee hours of the night to cram a few more facts into your brain and pray they stick. Truth is, the later you stay up. the less information you’ll retain. The solution is actually going to bed. We know sleep is your last priority in college. I mean, we can sleep when we’re dead, right? Sure. But adequate rest is vital to your success while pursuing your degree.

The Risks of Sleep Deprivation

Even if you’re young, sleep deprivation has numerous consequences, and none of them are good. Even partial sleep deprivation (getting some sleep, but less than adequate amounts) has negative consequences, including reduced verbal creativity, abstract thinking, memory retention, and overall productivity.

Being completely sleep deprived – aka, pulling an “all-nighter”– gives even worse results than partial sleep deprivation. Performance levels drop off after a certain length of time, and additional time spent studying or practicing will not yield any improvement because your mind and body simply don’t have the energy to spare. Additionally, it takes some time for your abilities to return to normal. For several days after you’ve pulled an all-nighter or two, even with proper sleep, your performance still suffers, compared to people who are studying the same material but on a full night’s rest. In short, students who routinely pull “all-nighters” have lower overall academic performance.

How To Deal With Sleep Deprivation

The solutions to dealing with sleep deprivation are simple in concept, and relatively easy to put into practice. They just take a little self-control.

College is an environment chock-full of distractions and temptations that keep you from maintaining a consistent schedule. That’s why sticking to a sleep schedule demands both discipline and willpower. But if you want to see improvements in not only your academic success, but your overall well-being, you’re going to have to put in some effort.

First, create and stick to a regular sleep schedule.

This means having a set time for turning in and waking up. Before bedtime, avoid using substances that will compromise your sleep, like nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine. If you are using prescription medicine that interferes with your sleep, talk with your physician about your struggles. Also avoid grabbing your laptop to work on a paper before bed. The blue-light emitted from your technology will stimulate your brain and make it harder to fall asleep.

Additionally, set boundaries on where you do your work. Avoid doing school work in your bed. Your brain will begin to associate your place of rest with productivity. Instead, do your work at your desk or in a library.

Second, be efficient and disciplined with your study time....

...don’t use it to socialize, especially on social media. Although it’s tempting, some degree of isolation is necessary to stay focused. Don’t keep your phone within each and try not to surf the Internet. The more you get done during your allocated study time, the more time you’ll have to sleep. After all, college is all about balance!

Finally, create an ideal environment for sleep.

We know this can be extremely difficult in a dorm with a roommate, but do your best to work with the parameters you have.

Most importantly, over communicate with your roommate. Establish initial “quiet” hours and “wake” hours. For instance, after 11 pm, if one of you wants to sleep, the other needs or wants to stay up to work, they’ll need to go to the dorm lounge. Of course, these aren’t hard and fast rules. However, having initial boundaries established will avoid conflict and tension.

Next, hang some curtains. Those street lights are brutal. Filter out as much light pollution as possible.

Finally, if you are allowed, get a new mattress—those dorm beds can be brutal to sleep on. If an entirely new bed is out of the question due to on-campus housing policies, at least get a topper! Your comfort is vital for relaxing and falling asleep. You want your bed to be a place you long to crash into at the end of the day, not dread coming back to.

College can be a stressful time, but it doesn’t have to be a sleepless one. Be mindful of your habits and do your best to make your nights as restful as possible – your grades (and body) will thank you!

Blog written by
Lisa Smalls,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - B.A. in Journalism



Volunteer Opportunities

Pathway events are a great opportunity for our current Leaders to meet and interact with Alumni, share experiences, reminisce about camp, and build bonds that will follow them through their future. Our calendar has the latest updates for upcoming Pathway Events. If you would like to volunteer for one of these events, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with more details.