Where We Work

Boyle Heights

Los Angeles is, in many parts, thriving, but while its known for its glamour and wealth, much of the city faces a harsher reality. Yet, in the historic neighborhood of Boyle Heights, only 5 percent of residents age 25 or older hold a four-year degree. College Track’s sixth center, i.am College Track in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, began with 57 students in 2012 but will expand to serve over 300 students by 2016.

Partnering with will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Wasserman Foundation, i.am College Track will focus on providing students the resources they need to get into and graduate from college. i.am College Track is teaching students skills in arts and digital media while guiding students toward the emerging careers of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering, and math. Led by Site Director Tina Kim, the students of Boyle Heights are leading a community where college is the expectation, not the exception.

Key Stats

  • Year Started2012
  • Size of Initial Cohort57
  • Cumulative Number of Students Served230
  • First HS Graduates2016

College Track Boyle Heights Team

  • Saskia PallaisRegional Executive Director, Los Angeles

  • Zoe MelczerDevelopment Director, Los Angeles

  • Tina KimSite Director

  • Cendy VidesOperations Manager

  • Barbara Guerra-TorresAcademic Affairs Manager

  • Andrea Yarbrough-MorrisStudent Life Director

  • Leroy MitchellStudent Life Coordinator

  • Maria SalgadoCollege Completion Manager

  • Sandra OchoaCollege Completion Advisor

Local Advisory Board

  • Laura WassermanMovie Music Supervisor and Owner, Avenger Entertainment

  • Erica FloresSenior Manager Finance - Global Logistics and Planning, Mattel

  • Tamara HoustonFounder & CEO, ICON MANN and Roundtable Entertainment

  • Tracey MonroeExecutive Director, UBS Asset Management

  • Antonio VillaraigosaFormer Mayor of Los Angeles

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