Pipeline Through College

Pipeline Through College is a program designed to empower high school juniors and seniors, who come from a title 1 school and disadvantaged backgrounds, to pursue higher education.

Through mentorship, and small group relationship building, we encourage our students to dream big and then we supply them with the resources necessary to help their dreams come true. Pipeline seeks to build up these students self esteem through self exploration, leadership development, and genuine connection with the students involved in the program.

Our hope is that we can change the Pipeline to prison system that affects communities of color and switch it to a Pipeline Through College. Pipeline also builds cultural leaders at the college level, by giving students the opportunity to give back to communities similar to their own while building their leadership skills so that they can be advocates for issues that impact them on their college campus.

For more information: (530) 898-4101 | cultural@csuchico.edu
Become a mentor, register via Wildcat Sync

Meet our 2017 Pipeline Mentors

Yulisa Rivas-Olivares

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Yulisa is in her third-year at Chico State, majoring in Social Work, emerging from the small central valley town of Riverbank. Not only is she a returning Pipeline Mentor but a new CADEC Peer Educator. Yulisa is excited for this year and hopes to get the most out of this experience. She is most excited to see the growth and development that she, and those around her, will undergo. 

Kevin Martinez

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Kevin was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. He is currently a senior studying Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. When Kevin is not in school he enjoys going to the gym, hiking and enjoying his passion for baseball and soccer. 

Eduardo Santana

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Eduardo was born and raised in San Diego, CA and is currently an undergraduate in his last year, studying Criminal Justice. After graduation he hopes to continue his studies in graduate school. During Eduardo’s spare time, he enjoys adventuring out into new destinations, running, and spending time with the people close to him.

Melissa Jimenez

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Melissa is in her last undergraduate year, studying Criminal Justice. She is excited to be a part of the CCLC family and to be a mentor in the Pipeline Program. Melissa is immensely passionate about educating people regarding racial oppression within our social and political climate. She hopes to get her masters in order to continue her work and diminish the school-to-prison pipeline. 

Ka Lynda Watts

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Ka Lynda is in her last undergraduate year, studying Psychology and minoring in Sociology. She is an active student on campus and part of the Black Student Union and Just Us, which strives to empower Black women on the CSUC campus. Ka Lynda focuses on empowering and advocating those that do not have a voice for themselves. In her spare time, she loves to play board games and cook. Ka Lynda believes that food is essential to bringing family together. 

Ana Taukolo

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Ana is a fourth-year, majoring in Sociology and Multicultural and Gender Studies with an emphasis on Diversity. She has been involved with Pipeline Through College since her first year at university. Ana is dedicated to working toward social change by utilizing her experience working with underserved communities and mentoring youth. 


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Viridiana is a third-year, majoring in Sociology and Spanish and minoring in Chicanx Studies. Viridiana is from the Bay Area, and while in high school, was a part of a program similar to Pipeline Through College. Now that she is a mentor for the Pipeline Program, she hopes empower and inspire students in underserved communities. 

Samuel Akinwande

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My name is Samuel Akinwande I moved to Inglewood, CA at the age of 11 from Nigeria. I am a social work major and MCGS minor. My life's purpose is to be a support system for at risk youth so my dream job is to be a high school counselor at a Title 1 school. I love eating, cooking, talking, sleeping and soccer.