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.
Orange County Community Housing Corporation is changing lives of families in Orange County not only by providing access to affordable housing, but by moving low-income families towards great self-sufficiency by assisting them with Housing and Education.
They are braking the cycle of poverty for these families through their SteppingUP program, which is a program that provides youth living in the affordable housing projects access to higher education.
As a previous board member of this organization, I remain deeply impressed with its continued progress to fulfill its mission of providing quality housing and supportive services for those in need. Since its inaugural days in the late 1970's when it became one of the first non-profits in Orange County to address the critical need for affordable housing for lower income households, it has steadily increased its inventory of housing. At the same time it added services such as "Stepping Up" which sought to provide education and mentoring services so its younger residents could achieve success in higher education and gainful emploment. All told, OCCHC has succeeded in breaking the bonds of poverty and improving local neighborhoods--exceeding expectations and the hopeful desires of the founding members.
My name is Alex I'm in ninth grade I go to Cypress High School. I've been in stepping up for 2 years and 10 months. Thanks to this program, I have been able to attend many Universities, like Cal State Fullerton and I have been able to take a peek at life on campus and I am able to see myself there one day. I have also been able to attend many educational CAP meetings. where we talk about topics that are related to college and things students experience . My only issue is that they give the same CAP meetings every year.
My name is Cristian Arellano I am in 9th grade and i have been in the program for 3 years. Something that I like about SteppingUP is that every year we go to Cal State Fullerton during their career day event, where I got to meet different professionals and I had the chance to ask them questions and also I had the opportunity to practice my Interviewed skills. This has impacted my life because now I know what questions they ask in Interviews and also how to answer them and feeling more prepared for when I grow up.
Hi i'm Michael Hernandez and i'm a sixth grader in Vista View Middle school. I've been in SteppingUP for 3 months. I have learned to talk in a interview and learned what to say in the interview so I have a better chance getting the job. What makes Steeping UP great is that it has given me lots of opportunities.
Hi my name is Jesse Camacho, I am in the 6th grade and I go to Vista View Middle School. I've been in this program for 3 months. SteppingUP has taught me how to prepare for an interview when i apply for a job. SteppingUP also has taught me of several ways to stop bullying. Stepping \UP is a great program because they have a lot of funny advisers and because they teach you things that you don't already know.
My name is Sergio Rodriguez and I am an 8th grade, currently attending Vista View Middle School. I have been in SteppingUp for almost 4 years. What I have learned from stepping up is learning the A-G requirements. What makes SteppingUp great is the college field trips because we can learn what college actually feels like and experience what kind of classes there is.
My name is Jesus Torres, I am in 8th grade and I go to Vista View Middle School. I've been in SteppingUP for about a year now. I learned how to do a resume because so it can prepare us for when we apply for a job and get an interview.
What makes SteppingUP great is the amazing field trips like the one where we went to Cal State Fullerton.
My name is Vanessa Flores I am an eighth grader at Vista View Middle School. I've been in SteppingUP for three years. I've learned many important things about collage and about life. For example we have learn the A through G requirements and many useful things we might need for the future SteppingUP has brought in many different professionals to teach us how to save money and to treat everyone equally. What makes SteppingUP great is that it not only teaches about school but also about things that might happen throughout our life.
Hi my name is Mark Garcia. I am a sixth grader at vista view middle school in Fountain Valley. I have been in SteppingUP for 2 months. I have learned many things in SteppingUP. One thing I have learned was knowing how to communicate with other people. I like everything in SteppingUP. It is a very fun and amazing program.