“Lizbeth

Lizbeth Magana
University of the Pacific

“The impoverished world I come from has shaped my determination to build my future.”

Malia Langi

Malia Langi
California State University, Sacramento

“FCE, I thank you for never giving up on me and being the guidance to reach my dreams.”

Megan Keleta

Megan Keleta
California State University, Channel Islands

“”I would…like to thank everyone at FCE for being a second family to me.”

Laoula Amanoni

Lauola Amanoni
San Jose State University

“”I want to thank FCE for showing me the opportunity to further my education after high school.”"

 Roger Trejo

Roger Trejo
Bowdoin College

“…without your support and guidance I would not be the quirky and determined risk-taker I am today.”

 Ryan Mendoza

Ryan Mendoza
University of La Verne

“With FCE’s help, my parents’ motivation, and my own determination, I turned things around. Sophomore year, I had a 3.0 GPA.”

Gaby

Gaby Pelayo
Harvard University

“I would like to thank my family, friends, and FCE for all their help and support throughout my high school career.”

 Nestor Hernandez-Rico

Nestor Hernandez-Rico
Whittier College

“…three things influence and motivate me on my journey to success: Independence. Kindness. Courage.”

Nick

Nick Balladares
San Francisco State University

“I don’t need to measure the success of others to my success.”

 Taylor Duncan

Taylor Duncan
California State University, Channel Islands

“I had FCE, a place where I could have a consistent community providing me with tutoring and reading and writing labs and preparing me to be successful in high school and beyond.”

Lenny Cardenas

Lenny Cardenas
California State University, East Bay

“If it wasn’t for FCE, I wouldn’t be here in front of you sharing my story.”

Brenda

Brenda Cachay
Yale University

“I hope that my story—and that of my classmates— serves as proof that through conviction, the support of loved ones, and the proper education, we are all unstoppable.”

 Edwin Magana

Edwin Magana
University of California, Santa Cruz

“[My parents} want me to avoid having to struggle as much as they have, so they have motivated me to continue a higher education, because they know how important college is to my success.”

 Citlalli Contreras-Sandoval

Citlalli Contreras-Sandoval
Columbia University

“Like my parents, I will leave all that I know to a place where I have no family, no connections, no roots. But movement is a part of who we are.”