6.13 Exit Interviews

Cultural Outing -

Motown at Segerstrom Hall


A BIG Thank You

JOYA Scholars wants to give a BIG thank you to Altrusa International Inc. of Anaheim for their $1,000 donation towards the Parent’s Academy Program.

A Night of Celebration and Inspiration

Thank you all so much for attending our 5th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraising Banquet on Saturday, November 8th! With over 170 guests in attendance, we celebrated our student and program accomplishments over the past five years. The evening was a spectacular time of celebration, gratitude and inspiration, and it would not have been possible without our loyal supporters such as yourselves. Thank you!

We had a wide range of beautiful moments
and special highlights throughout the night. Kicking us off was Laura Carvelli, academic counselor at El Dorado High School who shared her early experiences with JOYA and how the organization has had a positive influence on her school. Co-founder Kevin Doi shared about JOYA's journey, how and why the organization started, student accomplishments, and hopes for the near future. Special recognition was given to  
Valeria Sosa , our very first university graduate, who was presented with a gift surrounded by mentor Bethany Anderson and former program directors Bianca Pena and Emily Martinson. Valeria received her BA in Political Science from Chapman University last Spring and is currently applying to law school. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Roberta Espinoza, sociology professor at Pitzer College, provided powerful testimony by sharing her own story of defying odds as a minority student from a working class family to become a published scholar with the help of key educators along the way. Her subsequent research suggests that student relationships with key educators such as teachers, administrators, and other academic mentors leads to the kind of pivotal moments that can change the educational trajectory of a student's life on their path to higher education. Dr. Espinoza's commendation of JOYA Scholars in that very work was a wonderful validation to us.   

JOYA Scholars Honored by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District

JOYA Scholars was honored by the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board Meeting for their work in the Garnet District in Fullerton at their February Board Meeting. JOYA received the You Are the Advantage Excellence Award. Thanks to all of our mentors, tutors, staff, donors and supporters over the past 5 years. Your time, commitment and purpose greatly impacts Joya's students and has made a difference in their lives. Pictured with JOYA Board Members Kevin Doi and Carey Jeu is Laura Carvelli, counselor at El Dorado HS and JOYA Advisory Board member.

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