The Wooten Center's MyCollegeTrek Program provides a variety of college and career-prep activities for teens ages 13+. All activities are free thanks to our donors.
Teens do not need to enroll in our CollegeTrek Afterschool Program or Summer Fun Camp to attend MyCollegeTrek workshops such as SAT-prep or Teen Job Shop, or to apply for our Ron Glass Memorial Scholarship. However, they are welcome to enroll in our afterschool and summer programs to participate in our assessments in math and reading, homework and tutoring, STEM classes, teen helper internships, performing and visual arts, sports and recreation, and other daily or weekly activities held at our youth center.
Click here to enroll students in our afterschool or summer programs.
Go to Upcoming Events to register for SAT-prep, AKA and other MyCollegeTrek activities coming soon. See descriptions below for all MyCollegeTrek workshops and other activities.
High school boys and girls in grades 9-12 can attend monthly workshops at the Wooten Center with AKA sorors helping students prepare for and enroll in college. The workshops are held at the center on the first Fridays, 5-6:30pm. All students must complete an AKA application. Bring your completed form to the first meeting or receive the application when you come. Must be signed by parent or guardian.
Internships for Teen Helpers and College Students
Wooten students ages 14 and up can receive job experience and mentoring as Teen Helpers or College Interns serving as volunteers or paid interns through one of our employment partners (Holman Community Development Corporation, Hire LA's Youth, Yo' Watts, California Workforce Development and the Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services). The youth work for and are paid by the employment agencies. Students are assigned to work at the center in areas based on their skills and interests. Click here for the contacts to apply for paid employment at the center.
Free SAT-prep workshops are held quarterly to help high school students prepare for the SAT. The workshops provide instruction and practice in all four areas--reading/language, writing math, and the optional essay, plus strategies for a higher score. Study Groups with materials from the College Board are also included. Instruction is provided by Study Smart Tutors. Held offsite at locations including Holman United Methodist Church, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw and Loyola Marymount University.
College advisement is available via our SAT-prep workshops and our AKA Sorority, Inc. CAP meetings.
College Fairs and Tours
Visits to college fairs and tours at local colleges are held annually. Locations are based on student interests.
Teen Job Shop Workshop
It's one thing to refer a teen to a job and another to ensure they know how to obtain one. Our Teen Job Shop provides practical hands-on experience creating resumes, completing applications and preparing for interviews and follow ups for summer or other jobs. Held in partnership with our youth employment partners.
Teen Talk with iMentor FLYER
Held at the center on the 2nd-5th Wednesdays at 6-7:30pm with Rick McGregor, executive director of iMentor. Teens discuss an array of topics from gang prevention to cyberbullying and human trafficking.
Juvenile Justice Jeopardy
Juvenile Justice Jeopardy is held at the center on the first Wednesday, 6-8 pm. JJJ is a "game" for teens discussing juvenile law and how to exercise your rights. Periodically includes discussions and role-playing with LAPD and other law enforcement. Developed by Attorney Lisa Thurau, founder and executive director of Strategies for Youth in Boston, and conducted at the center in partnership with iMentor, New Point Mentoring and Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches. For more information, go to www.strategiesforyouth.org.
Ron Glass Memorial Scholarship Fund
Ron Glass was a member of our board of directors for 23 years, from 1993 to 2016. He served until his passing at age 71 from respiratory failure. While chairman of the board for 12 years from 1993 to 2005, Ron helped guide our efforts purchasing our buildings, establishing our annual dinner and golf fundraisers, and encouraging SAT and other college-prep activities continued today under MyCollegeTrek. Our board voted to establish this scholarship in honor of Ron's passion for seeing young people go to college.
Ron Glass had a double major with BA degrees in drama and literature from the University of Evansville, Indiana, where he was born in 1945. He was an acclaimed actor starring in TV shows such as Barney Miller and Firefly and films such as Lakeview Terrace and Death at a Funeral.
About the Scholarship:
Who Can Apply: High school seniors and undergraduate college students
Deadline: June 30
Scholarship Amount/Award Date: The amount awarded is based on student need and could range from $500 to $7,000 or more, depending on available funds. Scholarships will be distributed to your college in the fall. Your college will post the award to your account and add to your disbursement schedule.
References: All applicants must have at least one person complete our online Reference Form. Reference letters are not accepted. Must be a teacher, counselor, coach, employer or other non-family member familiar with your academic, service, leadership, extracurricular, employment and other experience.
Your financial aid award letter confirming your estimated "need" (Very important to show need as estimated by your school's Finance Aid Office. Contact them if you cannot find it in your portal.)
Full transcripts from all schools. Must show cum GPA and grades for all coursework, including transfer.
Be sure to submit grades for your final semester or quarter before our August scholarship committee meeting. The committee cannot consider your application if your final grades are not received in time.
Instructions for Students:
Provide as much detail as possible on the Student Application to be competitive. Items with asterisks are required. Respond to as many questions as possible, even if they are not required to provide a broader picture of your accomplishments and interests. The more detail, the more competitive.
Instructions for References:
Provide as much detail as possible on the Reference Form to help the student be more competitive. We are looking for overall experience in academics, service, leadership, work and volunteer experience, etc. so please share what you know about their success in each one. Thank you for your support for them.
For questions or comments, call Naomi at (323) 756-7203, or go to Contact to send her an email.
Congratulations to the following 2019 scholarship recipients:
Juanita Alvarado, $5,000
CSU Long Beach
Remicia Germeille, $7,000
San Diego State University
Youssef Nasry, $5,000
Cal Poly Pomona
Adili Rikondja, $3,000
Jada Stokes, $4,000
Grambling State University
Sopuruchukwu Udeh, $4,000
Ron Scholars Recently Graduated:
Congratulations to Ron Scholar Lorena Casillas who graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. Lorena received our scholarship in 2017 and 2018 and is currently enrolled at USC as a graduate Communications Studies student. We are very proud to have supported her.
Thank you to our scholarship committee members for their selections: John and Evelyn Lapham, Laurie McCarthy, Paul Wetmore, Dr. Connie James, Dr. Scott Miller, Naomi McSwain
"The Wooten Center has assisted me in going to college through their SAT-prep workshops and paying for college through their Ron Glass Memorial Scholarship. I will forever be eternally grateful for their guidance through my high school and college years."
Grace Nyenke, Wooten Alum / UC Merced, journalism student