Post Secondary Education

College Advising 

LA CAUSA is committed to exposing our participants to post-secondary education and career opportunities. We strongly believe that access to a higher education can transform the lives of our youth. LA CAUSA youth has access to a college counselor that guides the students through the various options available for a higher education after obtaining a high school diploma. Youth receive continuous support with college, FAFSA, DREAM Act, and scholarship applications. Furthermore, youth also receive advising with enrolling in college courses, and they are supported with the transition. 

College Field Trips  

LA CAUSA organizes trips to post-secondary institutions such as UC Irvine, Cal State Los Angeles, Occidental College, and Los Angeles Trade Tech. Participants receive exposure to careers in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) and construction-related fields, like architecture. They also experience an intense 1-week introduction to college at UCLA along with other college activities throughout the year.

ELAC Dual Enrollment 

Students at LA CAUSA have  the opportunity to take college courses provided by East Los Angeles Community College free of charge, both at LA CAUSA and at ELAC's campus. 

Senior Portfolio  

At LA CAUSA we offer a Senior Portfolio curriculum, which every student is required to complete. This class is created to help students build a portfolio, which they can present to higher education institutions and employers once they have completed their time at LA CAUSA. This curriculum covers resume and cover letter writing. Students also receive support with internships and job placements. 


Career Development

Career Exploration

LA CAUSA is committed to exposing our participants to post-secondary career opportunities. We strongly believe that having access to these resources results in the self-sufficiency of our participants. LA CAUSA youth has access to paid internship opportunities with local non-profits and corporations, resume/cover letter workshops, mock interviews,  and other resources provided by the American Job Centers of California (AJCC), Workforce Development Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the South Bay Workforce Investment Act Board (SBWIB). 

Laxinx in Sales Career Training Program

LA CAUSA YouthBuild is partnered with UnidosUs, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. UnidosUs has granted LA CAUSA to implement a Work Readiness/Career Development training program offered to all high school graduates. This career training program offers access to the Latinx in Sales toolkit, an industry-specific training curriculum that contains 5 modules. The purpose of this curriculum training is to prepare 40-50 of our participants to join the PepsiCo and Frito-Lay food and beverage industry. Once participants complete all 5 modules they will receive a sales certification. During the course of this program, students have access to supportive services such as resume/cover letter workshops, job application support, mock interviews, driver ed workshops, and more. Students who meet the AJCC program requirement, have the opportunity to receive paid training while enrolled in the Latinx in Sales post-secondary training program.

Laxinx in Sales 5 Module Curriculum Toolkit:

o Intro to PepsiCo: Module 1  

o Foundations of Selling: Module 2 

o Finance 101: Module 3 

o Customer Service Excellence: Module 4 

o Leadership & Coaching: Optional Module 5