First Step College Initiatives


Creating a legacy of confident, committed and engaged students for our community. 

College Tour 

YSC created the First Step 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. Youth and staff visit 6 universities in California. Youth Speak! Collective will cover the cost of the hotel for 3 nights (continental breakfast included), 1 meal a day and transportation to and from all of the universities. 

Applications will be available after January of 2018

First Step Educational Initiatives

Youth Speak! Collective created the First Step Educational Initiatives to provide the youth in the Northeast San Fernando Valley the tools and resources to be able to effortlessly go through the application process to a higher education. Through these initiatives YSC strives to provide personalized support for students, including one-on-one and group classes and workshop topics that range from the FAFSA, DREAM ACT, and college applications.

Follow Youth Speak Collective on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive dates, times, and locations for these classes and workshops. 


Lets take the first step and get students on track for college!



Please contact Maria Arteaga-Beltran at 818-890-2928. You can also send questions via email to