Higher Aspirations Initiative
The mission of this program is to support students affected by incarceration to achieve their Higher Aspirations.
Students who identify as formerly incarcerated and are interested in learning more about the program or participating in the Higher Aspirations program are highly encouraged to complete a self-referral using the Basic Needs Referral Form.
You may also qualify for one or more support programs at Gavilan College. Visit the Support Programs page to learn more and to apply.
Do you have a past with incarceration? We want to help you earn your degree. Higher Aspirations Initiative is a new program designed for and together with students and staff affected by incarceration and is geared toward the successful entry and completion of Formerly Incarcerated adults.
Peer Mentors Can assist with:
- Filling out Applications and Forms
- scheduling Appointments
- setting up a Gavilan Account
- Campus Resources
- Providing support and guidance
- And more...
Higher Aspirations Support Services Guide
Students who participate will also be eligible to receive incentives like food cards, technology, gas cards and bookstore vouchers.
What does it mean to have Higher Aspirations? if you look up the definition it says to have a strong desire, longing, or aim; ambition: intellectual aspirations. a goal or objective that is strongly desired.
We at Higher Aspirations Initiative also believe that for the student affected by incarceration it means to envision a future more meaningful and successful than anything you have ever envisioned before and to strive with determination toward the highest goal imaginable for yourself, and turn that into your reality.
The Higher Aspirations Initiative is designed to, with the support of a Peer Mentor, help you with achieving your goals and to support your desire to achieve higher learning and leadership and to become an inspiration to your family, friends, and to the world.
If you are looking for a sense of family, belonging, and community; and would like to participate, you will be paired with a mentor who has successfully made the transition to Gavilan College. Our mentors are selected with care. They are trained to provide information and support and have been affected by incarceration themselves.
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Gavilan College is part of the Rising Scholars Network. The California Community Colleges are committed to serving students who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Colleges supporting these students proudly form the Rising Scholars Network.