First Step College Initiatives


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


Scholarship Fund

Youth Speak! Collective is dedicated to providing youth with opportunities to become confident, committed, engaged citizens in their community.  To help youth find these new opportunities, YSC created the First Step Scholarship Fund in order to help YSC participants continue onto higher education as they graduate from high school and YSC programs. The First Step Scholarship Fund was created in the Spring of 2013 in order to meet some of the financial needs of graduating youth participants. Currently YSC gives out $3,000 worth of scholarships to students active in YSC programs in any of our programs and schools. View the Scholarship Fund Packet here. 

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. 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. Youth and staff will be visiting 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. 


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 help in topics that range from the FAFSA, DREAM ACT, and college applications.

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



Please contact David Martinez at 818-890-2928. You can also send questions via email to