Stand with us! Join us Friday, May 21st on YouTube

Our annual fundraiser returns to YouTube! This year, you’ve stood with us in every way imaginable. Well, our students have noticed! Join us on Friday, May 21st on our JOYA Scholars YouTube channel for a night of community, storytelling, and fun surprises from our students, volunteers, and staff. We can’t wait to share with you all the good that has come from your care, the challenges our students have overcome, and all the good things coming around the corner!

We’ll see you on!


The Monarch Story Slam

Thank you for making our first ever Story Slam fundraiser a success!

Executive Director Christian Esteban tells the story of his 11th grade history teacher, Mr. Peterson, and the 3 lessons he learned as a high school junior that inform every decision he makes in his work with JOYA Scholars. Watch the full video here!


Olga’s Hope for Every JOYA Scholar  

Olga shares her experiences as a JOYA Scholars parent—her son’s college graduation, her hopes for her high school daughter, how her daughter’s mentor and tutor has made a difference in their lives, and her hope for every JOYA scholar. Watch here!


JOYA Scholars COVID-19 Response

For updates on our response to the coronavirus crisis, click here.

For updates on our transition to virtual programs, click here. 

Rewriting the Narrative: The Aguilar Family

The story of how one JOYA family, the Aguilars, is rewriting the narrative in Fullerton’s Garnet community.Carmen and Francisco Aguilar attend El Dorado High School and are enrolled in JOYA’s College Readiness Program.Older siblings Paula and Rene Aguilar attend Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly Pomona, and mentor two JOYA middle school students.Maria Guadalupe Aguilar is a graduate of JOYA’s Parent Academy.Together, the Aguilars have played a key role in elevating the college readiness culture of Fullerton’s low-income Gem District, and carry forward our mission to transform the lives of our students and families.