Advance!’s mission is to provide equity of access to college for students whose families have little or no prior experience with higher education.  Most are first-generation and come from low-income homes.  Advance! seeks to level the playing field for these young people.

All services are FREE of CHARGE. No appointment necessary.


“Based on current census data, fewer than 25% of the 43, 745 La Habrans aged 25 and older have attained a Bachelor’s degree from college. An additional 8% have earned an Associate’s (2-year) degree. These figures demonstrate how few of our high school students come from homes where parents have any college experience and even fewer whose parents completed a college education. This means that fewer than 6,000 school-age children in La Habra likely lack the support necessary to navigate through the difficult college admissions process. Nor are they likely to have in the in-home support needed to succeed once they are actually in college.

Many La Habrans grew up here. Advance! has become one of the beacons drawing former La Habrans to return, attracting those with college degrees and experience. Future census data will prove the lasting impact that the founders and staff of Advance! have on La Habra as the percentage of college-educated young people rise and, with them, the economic and social advancement a college degree brings.

This illustrates the critical need that Advance! has met over the past decade and continues to address as each high school class year begins to explore its options after graduating from our high schools. What a marvelous resource for La Habra’s high school students. It is a nonprofit organization that is uniquely La Habra!”
Michael Blazey – La Habra City Council [Mayor 2015]

“North Orange County and La Habra are extremely fortunate to have an asset like Advance! provide vital college information and services to our teens. The Boys and Girls Club of La Habra is proud to be a collaborator.”

Mark A. ChavezExecutive Director of the La Habra Boys and Girls Club

“Preparation for your career choices begins in high school. Advance! will show you how to make the best choices.”

Mark SturdevantPresident, La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce / Contributing book author, “Leading America”

“Advance! is critical program for our community which helps guide our young people as they prepare to successfully graduate from high school and move on to higher education in pursuit of their careers.”
Jim SadroLa Habra City Manager