Educational Institutions

Advancing Students Forward

  • Chula Vista, CA
  • www.advancingstudentsforward.org

Mission Statement

The mission of Advancing Students Forward- A Su Futuro is to provide disadvantaged students access to education and support for academic success so that they can create a promising future for themselves and for the community in which they live. The vision of Advancing Students Forward- A Su Futuro is to better and more effectively live out the mission of the organization and to become a model scholarship program for other communities to replicate.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship and Student Support Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Recipients of ASF scholarships are primarily from the neighborhoods of Tecolote and the surrounding areas including San Antonio de los Buenos (La Gloria), El Ejido, Genaro Vargas, Lagunitas in Tijuana, Mexico.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Ms. Monica Santos

Co Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Ms. Monica K. Santos

Keywords

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scholarships, high school students, college students, youth, mentoring,

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Also Known As

Advancing Students Forward

EIN

46-0467961

 Number

0318343472

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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ASF provides scholarship to 60 - 75 poor youth in Tijuana, Mexico to support them through middle and high school and university. 17 students from ASF have graduated from the university. Current goal is to create the infrastructure and donor base so that ASF can move from a volunteer administered organization to an organization that can support a full time director and support staff so that ASF will continue to provide the excellent services currently provided to the students into the long term future.

Programs

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Program 1

Scholarship and Student Support Program

70 students in middle school through the university are in the Scholarship and Student Support Program. Students are accepted into the program as they enter middle school. Students and their families are interviewed and a home study is conducted. They are selected on the basis of financial need and hardship. They must demonstrate good grades, a strong desire to continue their education with a willingness to participate and fulfill program requirements. It is the expectation that the student will continue in the program for the next 10 years until they complete their university studies or achieve a technical certificate after high school. The majority of students who enter the program do achieve this goal and stay in the program until their graduation. Students receive a monthly stipend to help with tuition, transportation, school supplies. Students are required to attend monthly meetings. At monthly meetings the students are offered mentoring and educational support from peers and experts who present workshops on pertinent topics such as career selection, bullying, internet safety, goal setting. Community and team building activities are a part of each meeting. Students attend enrichment trips to local cultural events and places of interest. Parent education meetings are also provided to strengthen communication between parent and child and offer guidance so that they can better participate in their child's education. Students are required to provide receipts and account for expenses. Students must turn in verification of school enrollment and grades on a regular basis. Service hours are also required. Hours are donated to the Community Center. They provide upkeep and maintenance to the facility and tutor students in the community. Some ASF students provide summer camp to 100 elementary school children. Those with visas participate in educational events in the United States. such as the International Friendship Games, UCSD Science Camp.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Budget

$175,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Recipients of ASF scholarships are primarily from the neighborhoods of Tecolote and the surrounding areas including San Antonio de los Buenos (La Gloria), El Ejido, Genaro Vargas, Lagunitas in Tijuana, Mexico.

Funding Needs

In Mexico students must pay tuition to attend school beyond the sixth grade. Not only must they pay tuition, but they must also purchase uniforms, school supplies and books. The number of schools is limited in Tijuana and as a result many students must travel by bus or taxi to get to school. It is not unusual for a student to take two to four buses a day. Each school year students with the desire and the academic requirements to pursue an education, are denied the opportunity to do so because of the financial and logistical obstacles they face. Just $1 a day can pay for transportation for a student; $1000 a year provides a full scholarship for a middle school student.Top 5 needs include:1)Financial support for scholarships and student support.2)Volunteers to offer fiscal, legal and technical support to increase the capacity and expertise of the organization as it builds the foundation necessary to continue the mission for years to come.3)Businesses along the San Diego/Tijuana border region to partner with our students so that they can have career guidance and internship or work opportunities.4) Guest speakers to share their experience and offer inspiration to the students and parents of ASF.5) In kind donations such as lap top computers, USB drives, back packs and other school supplies.

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ADVANCING STUDENTS FORWARD
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Advancing Students Forward

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Monica Santos

Co Principal Officer

Ms. Monica K. Santos

BIO

Monica Santos is the founder and director of Advancing Students Forward. She holds a bilingual teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University '79 and a Master's in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego '08. She has worked as a bilingual, dual immersion elementary school teacher and parent educator for more than 30 years in the Lennox School District of Los Angeles County, Chula Vista School District and in Tijuana, Mexico. She also lived in Tijuana, Mexico as a volunteer and orphanage director for 8 years. In 1990 she was awarded the Alumni of the Year Award for Community Service by LMU. Monica Santos also received "Premio Estatal Altruismo" an award for altruism for her contribution to solving the social problems in Baja California, Mexico in 2011from the RedSocial. She is also on the board of directors of the De Colores Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the poor in Latin America and Emmaus Today, Inc. a nonprofit organization dedicated to service through education.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"ASF is more than the traditional scholarship program. ASF recognizes that students need a variety of support beyond financial assistance in order to be successful students and successful in the workplace that they are preparing for. Students are mentored by their peers, receive educational workshops, academic support and enrichment activities. They develop a sense of community with the other participants and work together in teams. The older students plan and administer the meetings. All students are required to do service projects. Many students of ASF also staff the community center where they meet as tutors and teachers. This gives them an opportunity to earn "work study" and to contribute even more to the community. Alumni are active participants in ASF long after they have graduated.The most valuable aspect of ASF is the long term commitment offered to each student. The relationships that are fostered over the 10 years each student spends in the program transform the students and those around them. The long term commitment also fosters the desire to give back to their community. As the students are offered the possibility of a future with hope and promise their community is enriched as well."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Melanie Goodyear

Jericho Road

Term: Sept 2012 - Aug 2014

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