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Become a Mentor for College Students!

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The SoLa I Can Foundation is looking for passionate professionals who are interested in giving back to the community by mentoring youth from South Los Angeles.

For the last 3 years the SoLa I Can Foundation has supported deserving college students from South Los Angeles by offering a scholarship towards their education. All of the recipients demonstrate academic excellence and strong community service.

About Our Scholars:

  • 80% of our students are first time college attendees
  • 12% in the foster care system
  • 35% have been homeless
  • 85% are low-income individuals
  • 19% are or have parents who are involved in the judiciary system
  • 100% plan to graduate college!

SoLa Scholars have persevered despite the challenges they faced and successfully made it to college. Many are first generation college attending students who could benefit greatly from a mentor to guide them through their first years of college and beyond.

The value of mentorship has been shown in multiple studies confirming that a long term, supportive relationship with a mentor can help mentees improve academic skills, life skills, and even help with emotional or mental health. If you’re interested in giving back and positively changing and impacting a young student’s life, we invite you to become a SoLa Mentor!

Mentorship program:

Volunteer mentors are matched 1-to-1 with a college student based on their field of study, interests, and professional experiences.

  • Complete a SoLa orientation and training (30 min each)
  • Complete a background check
  • Mentor commitment:
    • One year mentorship commitment
    • Virtual coffee chats: Mentors are required to have a meeting with their mentee at least one a month for 30 min to an hour. For the foreseeable future this will be done via zoom.

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Mission Statement

SoLa I CAN Foundation is built on a simple premise, "If you can’t see it, you can’t be it." I CAN’s goal is to end generational poverty and housing insecurity by providing programming, mentorship, and a sense of community resulting in increased academic performance, inspired positive identity development, college acceptance, and graduation.


Our goal is to introduce South LA youth to people, places, and opportunities they would not normally or easily have access to in their daily lives, all at no cost to them.
We believe that by doing this, it will help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty, unlock their full potential, and develop youth into morally grounded, academically accomplished leaders. Our four program areas are: College Readiness and Access, Financial Literacy, Career Awareness, and Wellness and New Horizons.
Career Awareness : South LA youth are exposed to diverse professions giving them free first-hand career experience.
Annual SoLa Scholarship : SoLa Impact and it’s affiliated non-profit, The I Can Foundation, awards scholarships to SoLa tenants and residents of South LA annually.
Free Virtual Programming: SoLa I Can is offering free virtual programming to students affected by the school closure. Check out our website for more info!
Tech and E-Sports Center: SoLa Impact and the SoLa I CAN Foundation will open a Technology and E-Sports Development Center at The Beehive in South LA in December 2020. The Tech Center will be free to the public and offer music production, video production, coding, graphic design, e-sports, software training classes, and much more!

Children & Youth


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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.



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  • One year mentorship commitment Virtual coffee chats: Mentors are required to have a meeting with their mentee at least one a month for 30 min to an hour. For the foreseeable future this will be done via zoom.

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