The Career Beginnings Mentoring Program (CBMP) is a non-profit organization in which business professionals mentor high school students from the Santa Ana Unified School District. The mission is to transition youth from high school into higher education and careers so they can become successful, prepared, contributing adults in our community. 


    The program’s origins date back to 1987 when Rancho Santiago Community College was awarded a grant from “The Center for Corporate & Educational Initiatives” at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts for a project named "Career Beginnings," a school improvement and youth development strategy, designed to work with students during key life transitions.  In 1993 “Career Beginnings” was moved to the Santa Ana Unified School District and was granted 501(c) (3) non-profit status in 1994. 


    Funding for mentor nights and other Career Beginnings activities come from corporate grants and private donations such as: The Boeing Company (Employees Community Fund); Crevier BMW; Ingram Micro, Inc.;  and Wells Fargo.


    Monthly activities are planned throughout the year with the mentors and students working together.  Some of the activities include, “College Life-What to Expect!”, “Money Management and Credit: Life After College”, and “Business Etiquette”, to name a few. 


    The highlight of the program comes at the end of the year with the Dinner of Champions - a Scholarship Awards Night. The Career Beginnings students are recognized for their accomplishments by being awarded a “Certificate of Participation” and many graduating seniors receive scholarships provided by Career Beginnings through donations from business partners.  Students and their families, mentors, CBMP Boards, and District personnel are invited to celebrate in this joyous occasion.




    Career Beginnings is a true partnership between the public, private and non-profit sector.  The administrative oversight of CBMP is provided by the Career Technical Education-SAUSD.
    Phone:    (714) 241-6598

    Career Beginnings Scholarship Information.

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Last Modified on January 10, 2019