CAP commits to coaching our students, who we call Wave-Makers, to graduate from college as quickly and with as little debt as possible while equipping them with the skills and experiences needed to be competitive contributors to the global workforce.

While nationally only 11% of low-income students graduate from college by age 24, 90% of CAP students are on track to graduate within six years. CAP is a college success program that provides financial literacy training, one-to-one college coaching, and need-based scholarship funding for nearly 700 low-income and underserved students. CAP serves Making Waves Academy high school graduates, CAP Bay Area recipients, and students from the former Making Waves Education Program. Each year, we provide our students with:

Need-based scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per year

All eligible CAP & CAP Bay Area students receive access to a need-based scholarship to ensure that our Wave-Makers are not kept out of higher education due to financial barriers.

One-to-one college coaching

CAP coaches guide students through the process of college preparation, academic and personal success in college, and life after graduation. They work individually with students to create an annual plan centered on goal setting in six areas: academics, communications and connection, professional development, time management and organization, wellness, and financial management.

Personal financial coordinators

The financial services team helps students with college selection, financial planning and literacy, developing budgets, completing financial aid forms, and graduating from college with limited and manageable debt.

Professional networking opportunities, internships, and workshops

CAP hosts alumni mixers throughout the year and promotes opportunities to meet professionals in various industries to ensure students remain connected to a community of peers and create a broad professional network.

Giving back to the community

CAP provides opportunities for Wave-Makers to volunteer at annual community service days and mentor younger students.

College coaching after graduation

CAP coaches continue to support students in four core areas: careers (finding a job after college and pursuing professional growth), academics (earning a postgraduate degree), finances (creating a budget and managing finances), and life skills (navigating life after college).

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This #flashbackfriday features CAP alum Amanda R. (R-4)!

1. When did you graduate from college, and what did you study while there?

I graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2011. Go Slugs! I was an American Studies major. I love history!

2. Tell us a little bit about what you are up to now. Do you have any future plans/goals you'd like to share?

I am currently a student teacher at Making Waves Academy. Next year, I will have my own classroom teaching middle school social studies! Prior to working for MWA, I worked in WCCUSD as a kindergarten and first grade combination teacher.

3. In what ways did college prepare you for this experience, and in what ways did it not?

In college, I learned the importance of a strong work ethic. Being away from home for the first time, I had no one to remind me of what needed to be done on a daily basis. As a young adult, I learned that accountability and my work ethic would correlate to the amount of success that I would experience throughout and after college.

4. What advice would you share with current Wave-Makers that might help them navigate their academic and professional growth?

College is a learning experience for everyone. Enjoy the process of being confused and figuring things out for yourself, because it is a stage in life that can never again be replicated. Stick to your work ethic, put your life goals in perspective, and make things happen!

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