King Drew Magnet HS Seniors: 2nd Annual UNCF Portfolio Project is Coming

UNCF Los Angeles is hosting the 2nd annual UNCF Portfolio Project in partnership with King Drew Magnet High School. The mission of the Portfolio Project is to increase the number of minority and low-income college and scholarship applicants from the Southern California area. Ultimately, the program strives to ensure that high school seniors create a portfolio of their application materials that will support their efforts in getting accepted into college and receiving the necessary financial assistance to become successful college graduates.

The Portfolio Project program provides a systematic approach, exposing students to multiple college and scholarship options. Volunteer mentors provide the support necessary to ensure that data is compiled, and deadlines are managed so that the students can package their qualifications into a portfolio for a successful review. Throughout the program, students will learn the college entrance requirements of various educational institutions and compile the necessary documents to complete college applications and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In addition, mentors offer guidance on writing college essays and help students identify and categorize their service and leadership activities for application inclusion.

The upcoming 10-week Saturday program sessions begin on September 11, 2021 and end on November 13, 2021. The sessions are open to seniors from King Drew Magnet High School and will be held virtually. They are facilitated by presenters in the education field, resource providers, current college students and alumni.

Session Overview

Sessions will run 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All sessions will include light breakfast; check-in and homework review; presentation / panel / expert training; a break; time for practice; and a preview of the next week / homework assignment.


  • Saturday, September 11 Session 1: Introduction + College as a Doable Plan + program updates
  • Saturday, September 18 Session 2: How To Choose the Right College for You + The Elements of Your Application
  • Saturday, September 25 Session 3: Writing Your Personal Statement
  • Saturday, October 2 Session 4: Paying for College: FAFSA + Scholarships
  • Saturday, October 9 Session 5: Networking 101 + Interview Prep
  • Saturday, October 16 Session 6: Mental Health 101 + Building Healthy Relationships
  • Saturday, October 23 Session 7: Finding your passion and interest + Careers panel
  • Saturday, October 30 Session 8: Tools for success: budgeting, time management, mindset etc.
  • Saturday, November 6 Session 9: Tales from Freshman Year Q+A
  • Saturday, November 13 Session 10: Presentations – portfolio and vision boards

Mentor applications are open

Student applications will open soon