Youth Development

College Access Partnership, Inc.

Helping Students Get to College

La Canada Flintridge, CA


College Access Partnership, Inc. (CAP) is dedicated to providing necessary educational services to low and middle income college-bound students who would benefit from college counseling, mentoring, test prep, tutoring and scholarships. It is our purpose to collaborate with students, parents, and schools to safeguard student rights and equal access to the educational institutions to which they are applying. ​

Ruling Year


Chief Executive Officer

Sue Slotnick

Main Address

849 Foothill Blvd. Suite 5

La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011 USA


higher education, advocacy, college readiness





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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There is a severe shortage of college counselors in Los Angeles public high schools, with up to 1000 students assigned to a single college counselor (EdData, 2018). As a result, students from middle and upper income families are retaining private college counselors. According to Reuters 2016, the average cost for a private college counselor in large cities like Los Angeles is $5,000.00 to $6,000.00. This cost leaves low-income families behind. At CAP, our programs address this disparity by providing college-counseling services to low-income families at no cost.

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College Counseling

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College Access Partnership, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing support to college-bound students who need assistance navigating college admissions and paying for their college education. College Access Partnership is located in La Canada Flintridge, California and provides college counseling and test prep services to low-income students throughout Los Angeles County. We serve students by running workshops that teach every step in the college application process as well as the ins and outs of funding the cost of attendance. We have projected to steadily expand our reach to serve an increasing number of students and their families. The students we serve are classified as low-income, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college. A staff that brings a collective 75 years of experience in academic instruction, administration and college counseling.

Workshops - College Access Partnership partners with local organizations to serve their employees and dependents. By offering on-site workshops, we guide families through every aspect of college readiness including course and activity selection in high school, the college application process, and ways to obtain debt-free funding for college. Test Prep - Most college-bound students are required to take the ACT or the SAT. All students taking standardized tests need resources to help them be successful. Better scores help students demonstrate their abilities to colleges and help schools know if students are college ready. Counseling and Mentoring - All CAP participants receive one-on-one counseling and mentoring on an individualized basis.

Our staff consists of three individuals, all with years of experience in teaching, education administration, and college counseling. ● Lisa Kurstin brings over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, senior level administrator in local independent schools, and private college counselor. For the purposes of this project, Lisa’s duties would include preparing workshop content (presentation slides and handouts), presenting at the workshops, conducting follow-up college counseling to individual participants, and leading the Systems Evaluation Protocol monthly meetings, as described in the Evaluation section of this proposal, in order to evaluate the program content. ● Susan Slotnick has worked as a K-12 Director of Admissions and Director of School Placement at two independent schools in the Los Angeles, California area for 38 years. ● Jim Westerholm brings over 20 years of classroom instruction, administrative experience and private tutoring in SAT and ACT preparation.

In order to evaluate the content that our office produces in preparation for our presentations and counseling, we will utilize elements from the Systems Evaluation Protocol (SEP) developed by Cornell University’s Cornell Office for Research and Evaluation (v3.1 updated 10/07/16). The primary goal of implementing this evaluation Protocol is to establish a causal relationship between the content of CAP’s workshops and CAP’s mission of facilitating access to college for students who demonstrate need. The process of working through this Protocol consists of monthly collaborative meetings among various stakeholders (staff, Board members, and representatives from partner and target organizations), led by a designated CAP staff person, that will examine key points of focus as determined by the group leader. Conversation around these points will ultimately inform our plans for content revision, improvement, and implementation.

As a young organization, we are looking to broaden our reach. This past year, we served approximately 40 students by running workshops that teach every step in the college application process as well as the ins and outs of funding the cost of attendance. We have projected to steadily expand our reach to serve an increasing number of students and their families.

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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