The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students have been complex, profound, and widespread. Millions of students in our state are working hard to achieve their college dreams, and they should be able to focus their efforts on their studies, work, and families—NOT on struggling to find the right information and resources necessary to access and continue their education.
Let’s Go to College CA (Let’s Go) is a virtual resource hub for students navigating higher education, with a focus on the needs of underrepresented students across the state’s public higher-ed statements. Let’s Go provides support to students based on their lived experiences, concerns and life aspirations. It provides timely resources in the areas of evolving campus plans, financial aid, distance learning, mental health needs, transfer options, campus climate, academic tips and meeting administrative deadlines so that students can make informed decisions about their college plans. It is a growing community connected through social media, e-newsletters, and virtual programming that helps students engage and receive information.
Ultimately, the hub can help elevate student needs to motivate advocacy and generate improvements in how campuses, systems, and the state coordinate and respond to critical issues. Let’s Go is a project of the Southern California College Access Network, in partnership with higher education institutions, philanthropy and community organizations across the State of California. College Futures Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the California Community Foundation granted the funding to launch Let’s Go.