Giving Back

Riordan MBA Fellows participate in various giving-back activities. They fundraise, mentor, and perform community service. Their efforts are instrumental in the function of the Riordan Programs.

Riordan Fundraising Efforts for college scholarships, SAT prep, and Northern CA College Tour

Riordan Fundraising Efforts

Paying it Forward: The Saturday Business Institute (SBI)

by Rafael Sanchez, Riordan MBA Fellow, 2015

As I reflect on my experience as a Riordan MBA Fellow this past year, I realize that I am most proud of the successes my team achieved as mentors in the Saturday Business Institute Program. The Riordan Programs' Saturday Business Institute (SBI) is a school site-based program designed to provide college prep and business exposure to 9th and 10th high school students. We had a talented group of enthusiastic students at Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science High School (Stern MASS) and with the help of our program facilitator, Simon Linsley, we had a remarkable year. 

From the beginning, the fellow mentors decided we should make it our objective to connect with our twenty-five students and serve as a support system for them. Our program goals revolved around individual mentorship, college preparatory programming, and a curriculum that instilled financial literacy skills.  We strived to create a positive and encouraging environment were each student felt comfortable participating in discussions and asking questions. One way we were able to achieve this was by breaking up the students into mentorship groups where each MBA Fellow shared their journey from high school to college. This activity allowed the students to learn more about the college experience from five different experiences and to connect with those stories that resonated with their personal background. 

As the program drew to an end, we decided to incorporate some opportunities for our students to connect with current participants in Riordan Scholars Program. We first attended the Riordan Scholars Fun Day in the park where the students played games and ate tons of food. For our final session, our SBI program visited UCLA's campus. The day included an overview of the Riordan Scholars Program, a college tour led by an undergraduate student organization, and an opportunity for our students to see scholars compete in the Stock Market Competition. These events allowed our students to experience a day in the life of a Scholar and encouraged them to apply for the program. The connections built during the program continue to remain strong as the students now recognize that we are dedicated to helping them attain higher education. I look forward to continuing to assist with the development and growth of the Saturday Business Institute Program.