Jessica, Makiah and Rebecca were placed in the Garden Grove Unified School District during the 2013-2014 school year. Through their work they were able to serve over 6,600 high school students, provided direct college advising to over 3,000 students through one-on-one or small group meetings. Find out more about their work here.
Jessica Garcia (B.A., University of Southern California) is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. Jessica Garcia was raised in Santa Fe Springs, California. She graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2009. After countless conversations with her high school counselor, teachers, and parents, she decided to take an untraditional route to USC—opting to go to community college and transfer. She enrolled at Rio Hondo College, where she realized her passion for working with students while running a Physics workshop for the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) Program. After transferring to USC, she continued to work in education as a research assistant for the Spanish Preschool Early Literacy Assessment (SPELA) Project. She is thrilled to continue working to better the lives of students as a College Adviser with the Southern California College Advising Corps and Santiago High School.
Makiah Green (B.A., University of Southern California) is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California. Makiah Green majored in English-Creative Writing for the sole purpose of increasing college access for underrepresented students. Currently a graduate student in the USC Master of Professional Writing program, she plans to transform the world through television, film, and the written word. Makiah is a longtime proponent of educational equity and is eager to serve the students of Garden Grove High School as a College Adviser with the Southern California College Advising Corps.
Rebecca Alonzo (B.A. University of Southern California) was born and raised in a
small suburban town about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. She graduated from Walnut High School, and immediately pursued higher education at Mt. San Antonio College. It was there that Rebecca enriched her educational foundation with 3 Associate degrees (A.A. Social & Behavioral Sciences, A.A. Natural Sciences & Mathematics and, A.A. Language Arts & Communications). Additionally, she helped to build and implement the Student Outreach Leaders program with the fundamental goal of getting students involved in the campus community beyond their academic courses. As recognition of her leadership and student encouragement Rebecca was awarded Mt. San Antonio College’s highest honor: The Student of Distinction Award.
Rebecca continued her education at the University of Southern California (USC), where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. She continued her passion by helping others pursue higher education by joining the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a volunteer. Through JEP, she taught subjects such as geology and yoga to underprivileged youth in USC’s surrounding community.