What is SPACE?

Samahang Pilipino Advancing Community Empowerment (SPACE) was founded in the Spring of 2000 by Samahang Pilipino as a means to address the low numbers of Pilipin@ students matriculating into the UCLA campus. SPACE engages at-risk, historically underrepresented, under served high school and community college students, supporting their efforts toward academic and personal achievement. Formed in 2000, SPACE has supported hundreds of students through comprehensive services – peer advising, peer tutoring, student workshops, parent workshops, and field trips. Our services are geared towards promoting academic success, personal well-being, community engagement, and the formulation of solid post-secondary plans. Currently, our services are offered at Belmont High School and El Camino College.

Mission

A solid partnership with students, parents and key stakeholders within underserved communities and communities of color that promotes access to higher education through academic achievement, personal development, leadership and community investment.

Project Goal

A solid partnership with students, parents/guardians and key stakeholders within underserved communities and communities of color that promotes and increases access to higher education through academic achievement, personal development, leadership, and community investment.

Philosophy

At SPACE we promote the value of bayanihan (a Filipino value that encourages togetherness in a common effort). As an access project, SPACE recognizes and advocates for the needs and concerns of the youth in underrepresented communities that have limited access to higher education. Through our services, we create powerful, meaningful partnerships with youth and create a community of caring, driven individuals that will support each other to meet individual and shared academic and personal goals.

Services

SPACE engages at-risk, historically underrepresented, under-served high school and community college students, supporting their efforts toward academic and personal achievement. Over the past decade, SPACE has supported hundreds of students through comprehensive services – peer advising, peer tutoring, student workshops, parent workshops, and field trips. Our services are geared towards promoting academic success, personal well-being, community engagement, and the formulation of solid post-secondary plans.

SPACE offers two core services – Peer Tutoring and Peer Advising. Our tutoring services provide academic support to our high school students. Tutors work with students to create and maintain plans in going to college. In one-to-one sessions and study groups, tutors and students focus on goal setting, specific subjects (i.e. math, english, science, etc.), skills building, SAT/ACT/AP preparation, college requirements and financial aid, and increasing overall academic success. In our Peer Advising sessions, we aim to support students holistically. Within these sessions, we provide a safe and open space where students can discuss whatever they like that will support their personal well-being.

SPACE also offers workshops and field trips, which are collective programming that provides a space for students to have a space to dialogue and create strong relationships with each other. Workshops consist of subject matter that students express they would like to discuss (i.e. Financial aid, leadership and culture). During our quarterly field trips, we will visit an institute of higher education or an area of cultural relevance and students from all sites will come together to experience multiple workshops.

Sites

Belmont High School is located in the heart of Historic Filipinotown neighborhood right next to downtown LA. Belmont sees 1,500 students, 3% of which are Pilipin@. As an immigrant community, around 50% are English Language Learners. Sadly, Belmont has a four-year graduation rate of 30%.

SPACE offers free peer advising and tutoring at Belmont High School. These services are quite different from other tutoring and peer advising programs. As we understand that academics is a significant part of a student’s development, tutors from UCLA can provide assistance in all subjects – from AP Calculus to English to Foreign Language. Workshops and educational discussions are also part of SPACE’s services. These workshops serve to educate students on issues that they may not necessarily discuss during their school time. Topics range from politics, culture, the college process, and SAT prep literature.

El Camino College serves 39,000 students, 4% of which are Pilipin@. Because of budget cuts, college matriculation within 4 years is lacking. In 2009-2010, the transfer rates into the UC and CSU system were 0.9% and 2%, respectively.

At El Camino College, SPACE pairs students with a UCLA peer advisor (PA) that will work to help set and meet academic, transfer, and personal goals. ECC general meetings, monthly SPACE-run education and college workshops will increase student knowledge and skills regarding the transfer process.

Contact

Address
220 Westwood Plaza
Community Programs Office 106
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone (310) 267-4347
Fax (310) 206-3175
Email space@cpo.ucla.edu