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With the support of volunteers like you, L.A. Cash for College is able to annually serve over 20,000 local area students through our College and Career Convention and Financial Aid Completion Workshops.

 

College and Career Convention

 

Held in the Fall, this event brings together a community of volunteers to provide students with information on college life, financial aid resources, and career pathways.  We appreciate the many individuals that volunteer as financial aid presenters, college life experts, personal statement reviewers, career panelists, and resource fair exhibitors.  Moreover, this large-scale event would not be possible without our volunteers and partners who assist behind the scenes to ensure that all runs smoothly. Volunteer recruitment for the 15th Annual College and Career Convention will begin in August 2016 - check back then to learn how you or your organization can be involved!

 

GENERAL VOLUNTEERSHelp us greet and usher students, prepare and distribute materials, supervise program activities, and/or assist as needed. 


FORMS ASSISTANT VOLUNTEERS [Registration is currently closed]: Forms Assistants help students and families filling out both FAFSA and CA Dream Act forms and answer general questions regarding the form if needed. Forms Assistant Volunteers will need to attend a FAFSA or CA Dream Act training prior to the event, which are hosted both via webinar and in-person. Forms Assistants are our greatest volunteer need. No financial aid knowledge is required prior to the training.


COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY EXHIBITORS [Registration is currently closed]During this year's Convention, promote what your institution has to offer and connect with approximately 10,000 highly-motivated high school students from throughout the Los Angeles region. Reserve a booth before October 13 to receive the Early Bird Discount!


NON-PROFIT/COMMUNITY BASED EXHIBITORS [Registration is currently closed]: Promote your organization and youth-focused programs and connect with approximately 10,000 highly-motivated students from throughout the Los Angeles region. Reserve a booth before October 13 to receive the Early Bird Discount!


CAREER EXHIBITORS [Registration is currently closed]: Help inspire approximately 10,000 youth from throughout the Los Angeles region to learn more about the various careers that are accessible. Career Exhibitor are asked to develop and present an interactive display highlighting your industry and professional expertise that will engage students and their families.


FINANCIAL AID PRESENTERS [Registration is currently closed]: Share your expertise as a Financial Aid administrator and content expert to expand student awareness of available financial aid resources. Materials are developed and provided by L.A. Cash for College. This opportunity is limited to Financial Aid professionals only.  


COLLEGE LIFE PRESENTERS: Share your expertise regarding academic preparation, college eligibility, admissions, internships and work experience, resources for special populations, scholarship opportunities, parent engagement, and more.


CAREER PANELISTS: Share information about your profession with students who aspire to enter your field by participating on a career panel along with other colleagues from your field. Interactive presentations are encouraged.

 

Financial Aid Completion Workshops

 

From January through March of each year, L.A. Cash for College will coordinate over 100 free Financial Aid Completion Workshops at school sites across Los Angeles as part of a statewide campaign to increase awareness of and access to student aid programs. These workshops provide assistance to high school seniors and their families as they complete their federal and state financial aid forms. On, Super Saturday we mobilize volunteers across dozens of locations to conduct simultaneous Financial Aid Completion Workshops. 

 

FORMS ASSISTANT VOLUNTEERS: Forms Assistants help students and families filling out both FAFSA and CA Dream Act forms and answer general questions regarding the form if needed. Forms Assistant Volunteers will need to attend a FAFSA or CA Dream Act training prior to the event, which are hosted both via webinar and in-person. Forms Assistants are our greatest volunteer need. No financial aid knowledge is required prior to the training.


GENERAL VOLUNTEERS: General Volunteers perform miscellaneous duties at Cash for College Workshop sites, such as, registration, administrative tasks, or other on-site needs. No training required.


FAFSA EXPERTS: FAFSA Experts are volunteers with professional experience in college counseling, financial aid administration, or educational outreach. FAFSA Experts use a PowerPoint presentation provided by L.A. Cash for College and the California Student Aid Commission to facilitate 1-2 presentations on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California student aid forms. FAFSA Experts also address technical questions that students and their families may have regarding financial aid programs, eligibility requirements, and application processes.


AB540 + CA DREAM ACT EXPERTSAB540 + CA Dream Act Expert Volunteers will give a presentation on the CA Dream Act and answer questions from the audience to better prepare students and families for filling out the form. CA Dream Act Experts are also needed on site to help answer any questions students might have as they fill out the application.