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The Climb Is Our Story

Program Supported by The Taco Bell Foundation

The Climb Is Our Story is a college readiness and career readiness program that is facilitated by the #YesSheCanCampaign (YesSheCanCampaign). The program provides college and career readiness skills to high school and nontraditional students. The program started in the Fall of 2019, since then the program has served 40+ students. Our program has a 100% college acceptance rate. Our students have received over $240,000 in scholarships. Most importantly, our students have volunteered over 100 community service hours. 

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Program Components 

  • College and Career Readiness Workshops 

  • Weekly Assignments 

  • Project-Based Learning 

  • Community Service and Advocacy 

  • Mentorship and Networking



  • Personal Brand and Legacy

  • College Readiness 

  • Career Readiness (Resume, Cover Letter, Portfolio,  Linkedin, and Interview Preparation)  

  • Networking 

  • Community Service, Social Justice, and Advocacy

  • Scholarship Award Displacement 

  • Financial Aid and Scholarships 

  • Leadership 

  • Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship 

  • Finding Your Purpose and Passion 

  • And MORE! 

Program Information



  • Open to high school students and nontraditional students 

  • High School Students: Any student who is enrolled in high school. (9th grade - 12th grade) 

  • Nontraditional Students: A non-traditional student is anyone who wants to attend college in a format or time frame that differs from that typical route. A non-traditional student must have a GED or high school diploma. 

  • All races, genders, and sexual orientations are welcome and encouraged to apply!

  • All students receive internship credit and volunteer hours from this program.

Program Duration 

Our organization typically runs three cohorts each year for The Climb Is Our Story Program (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Additional information will be provided at the end of August! 

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Testimonies from Past Scholars 

What past scholars learned from the program!

" What I learned from the program is that it is so easy to make excuses of why you didn’t do something or why you didn’t do it to the quality that exceeds your expectations. In life, rewards aren’t handed out to people who always give excuses. If there is an obstacle, there is a way to overcome it. And every hiccup in life, it can be used to either learn from or overcome from."

- Scholar 

"Communication is important for life, but also in college. You want to communicate with the financial aid office to make sure the scholarships you are applying to are going through. You want to communicate with your professors and advocate when you need help. You want to communicate to your peers about any help or concern that approaches, Communication is a very important life skill and I can proudly say that my communication skills have developed because of this program. I also learned the importance of responsibilities." 

- Scholar

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