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CIFD, YDD Celebrate Scholars and Families at Inaugural College Signing Day

Posted on 05/24/2024
College Signing Day

More than 100 student scholars and their families were recognized by the City of Los Angeles, Community Investment for Families Department (CIFD) at the Inaugural College Signing Day on May 22. The event was hosted by CIFD in partnership with the Youth Development Department (YDD). The purpose of this event was to celebrate high school seniors who have committed to continuing their education at a college or university this coming Fall, 2024. 

Los Angeles City Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez attended the event and acknowledged the students’ hard work and academic success throughout high school. Councilmember Hernandez also shared her own educational journey and motivated students and families to continue to prioritize education as a way to help propel positive changes in their communities.

The student scholars recognized are a part of CIFD’s FamilySource Center System as well as the Olivia E. Mitchell Youth Council, and will pursue post-secondary education at institutions like Harvard, USC, Boston College, University of California (UC) campuses, California State Universities (CSUs), Los Angeles Community College District campuses, and many more.

“You all should be incredibly proud of what you have accomplished, and we believe this is only the beginning of your journey to realizing your dreams,” Marquez told the students in the audience. “Each of you has a unique voice and will bring a unique perspective to your college environment. We are invested in your success and will continue to support you as you embark on this next chapter.” 

A pair of student speakers included Christopher Cardona, a junior from El Nido FamilySource Center who has received early admission to California State University, Long Beach, and Zacarias Joaquin Nicolas, of Central City Partners (CCNP), who will attend USC.

“College Corner workshops provided me with valuable information and covered topics that we don’t typically learn in school, like budgeting, writing a resume, and finding a job or internship,” Cardona said. “I’m proud to say that I received the El Nido scholarship, which has significantly helped with my college expenses. I’m grateful and excited.”

CIFD helps youth prepare for successful futures through FSC College Corner services, which include tutoring, academic mentorship, application assistance for schools, FAFSA, college tours, and more at 19 FSC locations. For the 23-24 Fiscal Year, FSCs have proudly served more than 4,100 youth as of March 2024. 

A Parent Promise program is also offered to provide educational resources and support for parents in assisting their child’s college journey. 

Both CIFD and YDD have plans to continue the College Signing Day event beyond this year.