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every child deserves

to lead a happy, healthy and productive life

Determined to Succeed (DTS) is a college access and success program for highly motivated, low income, first generation students that takes a unique and impactful "whole child" approach that allows students to discover they have the tenacity to achieve their academic goals of high school and college graduation and set themselves on the path to fulfilling futures.

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The mission of Determined to Succeed is to provide the opportunity to underserved students to attend and graduate from college with the knowledge, life skills and tools needed to succeed. Higher education plays a pivotal role in breaking the cycle of poverty - changing not just lives, but also families and even communities.

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DTS Opened Doors for Me

Determined to Succeed


Before I joined DTS, I knew I wanted to go to college but I had no idea how I was going to pay for it, how to apply, what should be expected at a college level education, almost nothing. The reason for this is because I am the first in my family to go to college, so I have nobody to tell me what to expect and how to achieve a college acceptance. Luckily, I got noticed by DTS and joined the DTS family which opened up many doors for me.

Supportive, Compassionate, Generous

Determined to Succeed


DTS = supportive, compassionate, generous, and most importantly family.

Grateful that I had a support system

Determined to Succeed


One of the most important things I realized during the college preparation process was that a) it takes a lot of time and it's confusing, and b) felt grateful that I had a support system because it is hard to do this on your own.

Always encouraged me

Determined to Succeed


DTS always made me get out of my comfort zone so coming to college was easier to not feel comfortable at first, and they always encouraged and helped me get out of my LA bubble.

Contributed profoundly to my success

Determined to Succeed


DTS has contributed profoundly to my success in college by giving me the necessary tools and advice to succeed. By getting us prepared for college beforehand rather than throwing us into the water without any help really propelled me to succeed in college. By giving us advice like not doing homework in our dorm rooms and going to office hours on the first week of school was very beneficial towards my college experience.
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