Hello, my name is Lizbeth Ramirez and I am a junior at Ocean View High School. I have been in the program for about four years now and I have learned many many things. As the first in my family to be going to college, I knew nothing about how to get to college and what I needed to be able to apply. SteppingUP has taught me the difference between privates and public colleges, they have taught me how to be able to pay for college even if you don't have the money. From how to get to college, to learning about credit/debit, and having a healthy life style, SteppingUP has taught me many valuable lessons that will be very useful in my future. I am very grateful to have SteppingUP in my life. I don't know what my future would look like without it.
As I go into my eight year with SteppingUP, I reflect on all I have learned and the support I receive from my co-workers. It's a non-profit unlike any other; we truly are a family. Being able to mold and change the way we service our clients to ensure they receive all we can give them. Whether it's educating our parents through workshops or exposing our students to the joys of musicals. It truly is a joy to wake up everyday and go to work with SteppingUP.
OCCHC/SteppingUP has been a major investor in my education. I joined SteppingUP when I was in 7th grade and participated in their College Awareness Program (CAP) till I became the first in my family to graduate from high school. With the help of my academic advisor, Maggie, I was able to be the first in my family to pursue a higher education; currently in my 4th year at California State University, Long Beach majoring in Health Care Administration while attempting to complete pre-reqs for medical school. Also, I am currently an Academic Advisor for the SteppingUP program, the best part of this position is that I have the privilege of guiding students who were once in my shoes and in the same community that I grew up in, Oak View in Huntington Beach.
OCCHC/SteppingUP changes lives! That is why they are one of the leading non-profits in OC! :)
I have been working with OCCHC/SteppingUP for about 8 years (not consecutively). It is an organization that has helped me grow into a professional. Working with families and students is what I love to do and SteppingUP has allowed me to show that passion. Our families and students always remind us that we are making in impact in their lives. We hope to continue our programs so we can assist all and every family that passes through our doors.