Join us on Saturday, November 19th at the Delhi Community Center in Santa Ana. The AISS Scholars will be presenting their Social Enterprise Pitches in a "Shark Tank AISS Style" event. 

      Each team has been preparing their pitches and their ideas are truly groundbreaking!  Everything from an app to help non-native speakers to mentoring assistance for incoming college students. It's ideas such as these, that will shape our future.
       Join us for an afternoon of light appetizers, Scholar Pitch Presentations, Auction Items, and greeting AISS family and friends.

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       We asked Team 4 to share a little preview of what they have in store for the Social Enterprise Pitch and here is what they said:

      "Team 4 is planning on pitching a computer application that provides online shoppers with alternatives to environmentally harmful products. Our goal with this product is to promote environmentally conscious shopping in an effort to reduce the amount of waste that is produced on a daily basis.

       We plan on introducing our idea by first going over the magnitude by which fast fashion has polluted our environment and how everyday consumers play a major role in altering the decisions of big businesses. We aim to change the thought process of consumers to prioritize sustainability over convenience and support small-scale productions which create fewer by-products. "

       Join us on the 19th to hear more about how Team 4 will implement and market their idea, and to see if they will be the winning team!

       Team 4 also shared a little bit about what they've been up to recently in AISS.  

Read more... to hear what they said

Team 1 - Masterminds
AISS Class of 2023, Saddleback High School
Future in Business Administration

       My name is Julissa Mendoza. I am a senior at Saddleback High School and want to pursue a career in Business Administration. The reason for pursuing Business came from an entrepreneur course that I took in the past that motivated me and gave me the confidence to start a business of my own. In college, I plan to pursue a similar entrepreneurship major to further evolve my studies.

       Over the past month, AISS has guided me through the college application process and looking for scholarships. They have also helped me prepare for the SAT, gifting us with SAT Prep books and allowing us time to study. Overall, they have helped develop my communication skills. Presentations and public speaking are something that I struggled with in the past. Now, I feel empowered to give a speech about something I care about or find interesting.


Lizeth Mendoza
Health Care Administration
California State University Long Beach
AISS Class of 2019, Saddleback High School

       My name is Lizeth Mendoza, and I am someone who has always planned to give back to my community. Four years ago, I was also a high school senior who struggled to complete college applications and give presentations to strangers. After graduating from Saddleback High School and AISS Class of 2019, I have blossomed into the outgoing person I am today. A fun fact about me is that I am currently the President of my own university club called Grupo Folklorico Mexica where I express my love for my beautiful culture as an indigenous Zapotec descendant. I also work as an orientation leader at my university providing school tours to new students.

       While in the program, AISS has helped my skills in networking, professionalism, and organization. Networking has never felt so natural to me as it does now, and I never imagined that I would enjoy public speaking as much as I do today.


Google Software Engineer
B.S. Computer Science
Columbia University 2017
AISS Class of 2013, Godinez Fundamental High School

       Hi, I'm Frank Cabada, a software engineer at Google, here at the Irvine office. I studied at Columbia University, and graduated in 2017, with a bachelor’s in computer science. Before that, I graduated from Godinez High School here in the Santa Ana District and was part of AISS Class of 2013.

       I met with the scholars recently to share some information about myself and my experiences working at Google. I focused on my time at Columbia University and the application process. We talked about my 4 years there, the challenges I faced while I was there, and how I overcame those obstacles. Whether they were academic struggles, or just being far from home, the scholars really drove the discussion and received it well.

       When I was in AISS, one of the main things that stood out to me was the type of help that we received.  It wasn't so much "let's do this for you", but more so "how can we equip you with the tools so you can figure things out for yourself."


Special Thanks to one of our Nov 19th Event Sponsors:
Gloria A. Strayer
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Jacqueline Rojas Phd
VP ARCS Alumni Relations at ARCS
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