Since 1995 the Santa Fe Springs Chamber's Youth Enrichment Fund (YEF), has ENGAGED, ENRICHED and EDUCATED local youth through generous donations from local business professionals and community members.
The YEF provides funding for valuable youth programs such as mentoring, leadership opportunities, college scholarships and the CHOICES® program to the youth of Santa Fe Springs, our future business leaders. These programs serve 2,500 students per year and provide them the opportunities to achieve success in academics, and develop effective interpersonal skills for employment, leadership, and civic-mindedness.
The YEF and its partners, the SFS Chamber, the City of Santa Fe Springs, and local schools are proud of the accomplishments of our students. The YEF tracks the successes of our scholarship recipients and many mentors keep in touch with their mentees long after students graduate. They become members of the YEF family.
Our Mission Statement
The Youth Enrichment Fund works in partnership with the City of Santa Fe Springs and local businesses to provide educational opportunities and personal enrichment to high school students in our community.
- Engage and connect with youth in the Santa Fe Springs area by providing educational and personal development
- Build future leaders of our community by investing in their educational future
- Provide educational opportunities to the youth in our community who may be challenged by financial constraints and other personal struggles
- Provide opportunities for business professionals in Santa Fe Springs to invest in its future workforce
Trained Chamber Members have made annual classroom visits to 1,200 freshman students since 2000. Students learn the importance of their academic and personal decisions and the impact these “choices” will make on their future career options.
Future Business Leaders
This student leadership business training program enriches the student’s transition into the business world and encourages community involvement after graduation.
The Latham Grant provides a “cultural” field trip each year for students in the mentoring program to expand their horizons, develop interpersonal skills and expose them to new and creative ideas.
Through activities such as Job Shadow Day, College Visits, and Business Breakfasts, students gain experience and are exposed to reliable role models in professional environments.
Over 1,600 students have benefited from this invaluable program since 1998.
The YEF continually works with local high school students to help prepare them for employment by conducting career fairs, company tours and mock interviews. Monthly meetings between the business community and educators are held to collaborate on best ways to prepare students for the future.