College Tour!



Youth Speak Collective is dedicated to providing youth with the opportunities to become confident, committed, engaged citizens within their community. YSC achieves that through academic support, creative expression and youth driven development programs. YSC created the Speak Up! College Tour to help youth in the San Fernando Valley decide which higher education institution to choose. The program is designed to expose high school juniors to California’s four systems of higher education. This gives our students the ability to draw a clear line between the state, public and private universities’ approach to higher education. This program was created to help Youth Speak Collective create a stronger academic foundation in the community and expand the college opportunities available to under-served youth.

College Tour Specifics:

Speak Up! College Tour will begin accepting applications October 27, 2014 and close December 1, 2014. All applications must be submitted at one of the two Youth Speak Collective Offices. The program will accept 12 high school junior participants from all of our YSC programs. Youth and 3 staff members will be visiting 5 universities in California. Youth Speak Collective will cover the cost of the hotel for 2 nights (continental breakfast included), 1 meal a day and transportation to and from all of the universities. We recommended that each student bring $60-$100 for personal expenses (fundraising opportunities will be available). Selected students will be notified via a phone call in late December. The first mandatory meeting will be in early January.

College Tour Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current high school junior participant from a Youth Speak Collective program with at least one full semester of prior involvement
  • Youth must be an active participant of YSC events and programs (with a 90% attendance rate and have participated in at least 2 YSC activities)
  • Youth must be willing to fundraise for personal expenses
  • Be committed to all meetings and events related to the college tour program
  • Parent or guardian must attend informational meetings (2)


To view more details and to download the application.