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 began with 57 students in 2012.

Partnering with will.i.am’s i.am.angel Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Wasserman Foundation, i.am College Track focuses on providing students with the resources they need to get to and through 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. Our Boyle Heights students are leading a community where college is the expectation, not the exception.

Key Stats

  • Year Started2012
  • Size of Initial Cohort57
  • Cumulative Number of Students Served324
  • College Enrollment44
  • High School Enrollment224
  • % of Students Accepted to 4-Year College98%

College Track Boyle Heights Team

  • Saskia PallaisRegional Executive Director, Los Angeles

  • Zoe MelczerRegional Partnerships Director, Los Angeles

  • Xochiltl BravoDevelopment Director, Los Angeles

  • Tina KimSite Director

  • Cendy VidesOperations Manager

  • Farah NoorAcademic Affairs Director

  • Barbara Guerra-TorresAcademic Affairs Manager

  • Jennifer Estrada-FellerCollege Completion Director

  • Maria SalgadoCollege Completion Manager

  • Beatriz GomezCollege Completion Advisor

  • Michelle SalinasCollege Completion Advisor

  • Andrea Yarbrough-MorrisStudent Life Director

  • Leroy MitchellStudent Life Coordinator

Local Advisory Board

  • Laura Wasserman

  • Tamara HoustonFounder & CEO, ICON MANN and Roundtable Entertainment

  • Tracey MonroeExecutive Director, UBS Asset Management

  • Chris PaulProfessional Basketball Player, National Basketball Association

  • Antonio VillaraigosaFormer Mayor of Los Angeles

  • Prophet WalkerCEO and Co-founder, Treehouse Co-living

2130 E. First Street, Suite 2700
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone (323) 360-0730
info@collegetrack.org