Para Los Niños YouthSource participant Lucero on CSU Long Beach campus
The Para Los Niños (PLN) YouthSource Center provided long-term mentoring to Lucero, guiding her through her senior year of high school, during her college years and assisting her on her path to graduate school.

In 2014, Lucero enrolled as a participant at the PLN East YouthSource program. The center provided Lucero college and career guidance and steered her toward paid internships offered by the City’s Hire LA’s Youth employment program, which helped her gain professional experience and gave her opportunities to be exposed to different career paths.

YouthSource Centers – Guiding Young Angelenos to Success

She was accepted to several colleges and in fall 2015, she began attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN). During her college journey, Lucero kept in contact with her PLN YouthSource college and career advisor, Yesenia. The YouthSource Center continued to share with Lucero internship and scholarship opportunities.

In spring 2020, Lucero graduated from CSUN with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology with a concentration in Social Welfare and Social Justice. Most recently, Lucero was accepted into the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at California State University, Long Beach.

Lucero's former PLN college and career advisor supported her with graduate school applications and submitted a letter of recommendation on her behalf. Lucero will start her master's program in fall 2021. Lucero said she is grateful for the consistent guidance and support she received from Para Los Niños.

"PLN has honestly helped me so much,” Lucero said. “I am so grateful to have had my PLN mentor throughout high school and college. I am forever grateful for PLN!"

Learn more about the many programs and benefits offered to the young people of Los Angeles through EWDD Youth Services and their YouthSource Centers.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of April 5, 2021. Read this issue and more.