College & Career Readiness
The College & Career Readiness Department at Friendly House guides and informs youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, regardless of race or ethnicity, on how to start their path toward a college education by providing the necessary resources to achieve it. Our TRiO Talent Search college and career readiness program, often referred to as TRiO, identifies and assists individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education. Participants may receive:
Career exploration and aptitude assessment
Personal counseling including advice on entry of re-entry to secondary or post-secondary programs
Information on post-secondary education
Introductions/Tours to college campuses
Information on student financial assistance
Assistance in completing college admissions and financial aid applications
Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
Special activities for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders
Workshops including financial and technology guidance for the families of participants
To participate in TRiO Talent Search, simply click the application button below and complete the enrollment application. If you have any questions, please call (602) 416-7254.
TRiO Talent Search Program
The TRIO Talent Search program offered a virtual Summer Camp to 86 TRIO middle school and high school participants in June and July 2021. Summer programming included career exploration, self-care activities, hands on STEM project, Italian and Portuguese language lessons, youth prevention workshops, and canvas painting. ASU News published an article spotlighting the TRIO Talent Search program in collaboration with ASU School of International Letters and Cultures for introducing and delivering interactive language lessons to current participants.
Former TRIO participant Elijah Cota who graduated number one in his class from South Pointe High school was accepted and currently attending Dartmouth College studying Mathematics. Elijah was a part of the TRIO program for 2 years.
Jennifer Robles, former TRIO participant graduated from Franklin Police and Fire High School in 2020. Currently attending Gateway Community College studying Medical Sonography. She is a 2020 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.
“This scholarship will help me so much and as well my parents. I thought I would be working nonstop to pay my tuition but thanks to the scholarship I will be able to focus more on school instead of working long hours. Thank you to the positive people that kept me on the right path. So thankful I was in the friendly house program!” –Jennifer Robles
Wendy Gomez, former TRIO participant graduated from North High School in 2020. Currently attending Gateway Community college studying General Business. She is a 2020 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.
“The benefits of this scholarship are my parents will no longer live in constant worry of me getting into debt, I will pursue my dream career, I will be encouraged to study and work harder than ever before, and it will give me the ability to continue my studies. This scholarship is a blessing and a gift. I will be forever grateful to each and every individual who has set me on this path. Thank you for everything but most importantly, thank you to everyone who believes in me. –Wendy Gomez
Diana Soto, former TRIO participant graduated from South Mountain High School in 2020. Currently is attending South Mountain Community College studying Nursing. She is a 2021 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.
“The Vicki Romero Foundation Scholarship will play a tremendous role in my journey to becoming accepted into a competitive program and graduate from it. With the Vicki Romero Foundation scholarship, I desire to stay true to my goal that is to become a Registered Nurse and to attend Arizona State University for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a first-generation student that persevered against the odds to pave the path for future generations.” –Diana Soto
Michelle Martinez, former TRIO participant graduated from Franklin High School in 2020. Currently is attending Gateway Community College studying Radiologic Technology. She is a 2021 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar.
“This scholarship will help me succeed in attending Gateway Community College because I’ll have less on my plate. . I promised myself I would do this not only for myself but for my family as well. I wanted to make them proud and most of all I wanted my Dad to be proud of me. My family won’t have to be worried about whether they’ll have enough money so I could achieve my goals. I’ve accomplished so much, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me. This hardship caused me to grow up fast but also pushed me to become the best version of myself.” –Michelle Martinez
Monica Ortiz, former TRIO participant graduated from North High School in 2019. She is a 2019 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. Received her AA from Phoenix College in 2021 and is now attending ASU studying Environmental Engineering.
Keyla Mondragon, former TRIO participant graduated from Tempe High School in 2019. She is a 2019 Vicki Romero Foundation Scholar. Received her AA from Phoenix College in 2020 and is now attending ASU.
TRIO TS Program Success Stories
College & Career Readiness Team Lead
Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/triovanessa
Target Schools: Herrera Elementary School, ASU Prep, Betty Fairfax HS, Cesar Chavez, Gilliland, Heritage Academy-Laveen, Isaac Middle School, Maryvale HS, Metropolitan Arts Institute, Mountain Pointe HS, Pathways in Education, Porfirio H. Gonzalez Elementary, South Mountain HS, Student Choice HS, Sun Valley Charter School, Sunland, Tolleson HS, VH Lassen Elementary, Vista College Prep, Western Valley Middle School
College & Career Readiness Advisor
Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/triobrenda
Target Schools: AAEC, Academy of Science, Agua Fria HS, Alhambra HS, Bioscience HS, Bourgade Catholic HS, Brophy College Prep, Camelback HS, Carl Hayden HS, City View HS, Eagle College Prep-South Mountain Franklin, Glendale Union HS, Gateway Early HS, Girls Leadership Academy, La Joya, Loma Linda Elementary, Loyola Academy, Madison Heights Elementary, Metro Tech HS, Millennium HS, NFL Yet, Phoenix Coding Academy, Phoenix College Prep, Saint Mary's HS, South Pointe HS, Tempe HS, Trevor Brown HS, Washington HS, Xavier Prep
College & Career Readiness Advisor
Schedule an academic advising appointment here: calendly.com/trioelmer
The Friendly House College & Career Readiness Program is grateful for additional financial support from:
The RealReal Foundation
Their support allows us to provide additional workshops and trainings to parents and students and encourages more parental involvement in children’s education as well as college exposure activities.