Santa Ana, California USA

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Community Initiative

In fall 2016, BTE-Santa Ana launched with 50 students. During the three-year program students participated in a number of activities, including:

  • Academic tutoring: Undergraduate students provided Saturday and after school structured tutoring sessions.
  • Study groups: Saturday sessions also included small group study organized by subject area.
  • Academic advising: Supported students in developing individual academic plans and updated monthly, complemented by personal interest inventories.
  • Higher education workshops: Sessions taught students about academic requirements, choosing a major, and skills needed to be successful in college.
  • Symposia series and field trips, tours and demonstrations: Students learned about college and careers through demonstrations from CSS employees, as well as college tours.
  • Employability workshops and mentoring and career coaching: Students learned about career skills such as communication, responsibility and stress management, as well as one-on-one and group coaching from CSS employees and UCI undergraduates.


An independent evaluation of the BTE-Santa Ana, California program found several positive outcomes:

  • 100% of BTE students graduated from high school and were admitted to higher education.
  • BTE students performed better than comparison students over time for GPA and for math grades.
  • A significantly higher percentage of BTE graduates than comparison students (100.0% vs. 40.0%) reported acceptance to higher education.
  • 77% of BTE graduates (vs. 33.3% of comparison students) reported interest pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, or Technology (STEM2D) or health-related discipline.
  • 100% of BTE graduates reported that BTE was very important to their school success.
  • 100% of BTE students agreed that BTE had prepared them to achieve their career goals.
  • 54% of BTE students (30:56) completed the three-year program.
  • 90 Johnson & Johnson Volunteers spent over 3,700 hours working with BTE youth over the course of the three-year program.

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Program Model: Santa Ana, CA

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Success Story: BTE-Santa Ana, California USA

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