Scholarship Recipients Announced


We are pleased to announce our 2017-18 Education is Forever Scholarship Recipients:

Alex Mora – Fresno site, Class of 2017
Amethyst Ewing – Inglewood site, Class of 2017
Anaisa Ramirez – East LA site, Class of 2017
Beatriz Velasquez – South LA / LA Trade Tech site, Class of 2017
Erick Nelson – San Bernardino site, Class of 2017
Erick Rodriguez – Norwalk site, Class of 2017
Jairo Ortega – Norwalk site, Class of 2017
Jessica Christian – Moreno Valley site, Class of 2017
Jonathan Solis – East LA site, Class of 2017
Kenny Altamirano – Lennox site, Class of 2011
Neira Lopez Martinez – Fresno site, Class of 2017
Sheila Fonseca – East LA site, Class of 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Education Is Forever Scholarship Cohort! You have all demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, and we are confident that you will continue to work towards your dreams in college.


We will be having a scholarship reception and mentor meet-up celebration on Wednesday, August 16th at YCSC HQ from 5-6:30pm so that we can honor our scholars and pair them up with mentors to assist them during their college journey. Stay tuned for photos from the event!

If you are interested in being a mentor for one of our scholars, please email Emily at

We’d also like to give a special recognition to all who applied this year, which was the most competitive yet. We were impressed by your heart-felt personal essays, glowing letters of recommendation, and solid plans for college and careers. You should all be very proud!

Thank you to all who donated this year to make this scholarship possible. Please continue to share the donation link so that we can keep funding our scholars’ dreams:


We are also excited to announce the winners of the CODEchella Scholarship sponsored by Colocation America. This scholarship was made possible by our amazing partners at Colocation America and was designed to aid YouthBuild Charter School of California alumni who participated in CODEchella in funding their continuous education in STEM-related fields. Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners, who will each be receiving a $1,000 scholarship to fund their post-secondary education:

Brandon Hernandez – Brandon is a 2017 recent graduate from our Canoga Park site at RUTH YouthBuild. He plans to attend Pierce College and eventually transfer to USC or CSUN to study computer science, game development, or cyber-security.

Saul Castano – Saul is a 2016 graduate from our South LA 2 site at All Peoples Community Center. This year, he took a graphic design course at Friedman Occupational Center, and he hopes to continue his education in animation at community college or art school.

Amy Vargas – Amy is a 2017 graduate from our South LA 2 site at All Peoples Community Center. She plans to attend LA Trade Tech College, and then transfer to Mount Saint Mary’s to earn her Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She hopes to become a labor and delivery RN.

Eduardo Perez Leon – Eduardo is also a 2017 graduate from our South LA 2 site at All Peoples Community Center. He plans to study kinesiology at LA Trade Tech College.

Amber Duron – Amber is a 2016 graduate of our Boyle Heights site at CÁLO YouthBuild. She is currently attending East Los Angeles College, where she is studying computer programming and web design. She hopes to transfer to USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Congratulations, scholarship recipients! And a HUGE THANK YOU to Colocation America for making their college dreams a reality!