About The Program
The Themtorship Program was created in light of the disparities in access to undergraduate universities for First Generation, Undocumented, and Black students in the Central Valley. This program was designed with insight from Central Valley students who identified gaps in resources and learning in their own upbringing, pertaining specifically to navigating education, and further progressed based on feedback and learned experiences from our previous two cohorts.
We believe that there is untapped potential in the Central Valley, specifically with Black, Undocumented, and First Generation students, in which they have all the potential to succeed; but merely lack the resources to do so. The Themtorship Program provides the support, guidance, and tools for students to achieve the education they deserve; and builds a community of diverse Central Valley students who are loved, encouraged, and believed in throughout their entire college application process.
This program follows a hybrid model of mostly virtual and some in-person gatherings between August 2022 and May 2023.
This is a 10 month program beginning in August 2022 and ending in May 2023.
This program follows a hybrid model of both virtual and in-person trainings and convenings.
There will be two virtual trainings and one individual check-in every month, along with two in-person convenings at the end of every academic semester.
Must be enrolled in a high school, charter school, G.E.D school, community college or continuation school in the San Joaquin Valley during the 2022-2023 academic year
Must be applying to an undergraduate university during the 2022 application cycle
Must identify as a First Generation, Undocumented, and/or Black student from the San Joaquin Valley
Applications are currently closed and will re-open March 2023.
Students can save their application and make edits later; however they cannot edit after submission.
For any questions or accommodations please contact us.
Students admitted into the Themtorship Program will receive the following:
A Free Laptop To *Keep*
A personal Themtor that provides one-on-one support on the entire college application process
Participation in a cohort-based support group and peer learning community over the course of 10 months
Words From Themtees
“Joining the Themtorship Program was one of the best decisions I made in my college application process. I am very thankful that I was granted the opportunity to work with such hardworking individuals.”
“When I first joined I was clueless about the college process and was beyond stressed. However, everyone had a positive mindset and there were weekly meetings where we went over financial aid, scholarships, UC applications, and more.”
“As a student who is not only first generation, but also undocumented, I knew that I was going to need some help during the college process. But luckily the program was there to help me throughout the way.”
Words From The Founder
Yadira originates from Merced, CA and is a recent UC Berkeley graduate. They lead with a love for students, the Central Valley, and community.
"The Themtorship Program is a space for Central Valley students that are entering higher education to find support, guidance, and understanding. Not only will you be paired with a Themtor for extensive 1on1 help, receive a free laptop, and a $500 scholarship, but you'll also have access to an entire community of people ready to help answer any questions, provide feedback, and extend an endless amount of resources. Join us and apply to become a part of this Central Valley student community striving to make higher education more accessible."
Yadira Hernandez-Figueroa (She/They)
Themtorship Program Terms and Conditions.