Four summers in five years


Student Selection Process and Preparation for the C5 Experience — 8th grade-through summer experience prior to High School.
C5LA begins the intentionally designed, community centered and college focused approach from the very minute students are introduced to C5.
C5LA works with LAUSD schools in order to prepare them to help students work on essay writing, research and interview skills in order to become the best qualified candidates for the program. Once selected, students continue their experience with a series of orientation and planning activities to prepare them for the 5 year program. These activities include high challenge team building that helps them focus on the adventure that lies ahead.


Camp Leadership U. — through freshman year in high school 9th grade
Develop self-confidence, coping skills and supportive relationships
During their first summer, C5 youth travel to Hyattville, Wyoming for a four-week high adventure summer leadership camp, Camp Paintrock – “Leadership U”.


Bridges — Backcountry Leadership Challenge through 10th Grade
Continued development in: self-confidence, problem solving, decision making and group effectiveness, as well as introduction to the C5 College Prep Program. Bridging camp experience-with their future and preparing for college.
During the summer students returned to Wyoming, and take part on a 12 day backcountry Leadership Challenge Trek known as the Rexam Leadership Challenge (RLC). Through the RLC experience C5 youth are able to practice and implement the leadership skills they have gained and “bridge” between the outdoor high adventure activities with preparation for success in college, career, and life.


C5LA Road to College (RTC) through 11th Grade
Continued application of leadership skills and exposure and preparation to Higher education.
During the summer, C5 students participate in a student design and implemented college campus exploration. This 7-10 day tour goes beyond the basic campus tour and helps discover what kind of college environment is the right fit for our students. With so many factors to consider, student will learn how to make the right college match. The RTC will guide our students through the process by taking a comprehensive approach to campus visits. Not only will they have the opportunity to explore each campus, but live a “real college experience”, by meeting college students (in some cases C5 Graduates), student organizations, and learn about campus culture and life!


ACT Now Summit / Advocacy Program through 12th Grade
Focus on learning how to make a difference in their Community - (advocacy versus service), Diversity, Leadership and graduating high school, college application, leadership and giving back.
During the summer prior to their senior year, C5 teens participate in the A.C.T. Now Summit spending a week on a college campus analyzing the obstacles and challenges their peers face in accessing higher education. As a result they will perform a needs assessment, and design and develop a College Access conference for other youth in their community. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with educators, policy makers and school district representatives as they create potential program options and offerings that will address their findings.