Empowering Youth Through Education

Abel Solorio

Associate Director, College Access Program

Abel Solorio is a native Angelino and product of public education from elementary school through college. He attended schools in East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights, started his college education at Pasadena City College and transferred to UCLA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Through his experiences attending overpopulated and under-resourced elementary through high schools, Abel learned early on of the added challenges that schools in lower-income communities faced as well as the disparity in the percentage of students from those schools that pursued higher education due to the lack of proper preparation and of positive role models. His educational experiences together with being a first-generation college student and having a passion for improving his community are what led him to work with youth to empower them to seek opportunities that will have a direct effect in their future as well as improve their communities.

Abel joined the Fulfillment Fund in 2007, and as the Associate Director of the College Access Program, he provides guidance and support to a great team of staff that helps assure that the program’s goals are successfully met at each the five partner high schools in Los Angeles. He also is an advisor to seniors at Alexander Hamilton High School, where he teaches bi-weekly lessons and meets with students individually to prepare them for timely high school graduation and with their plans to pursue higher education. In addition, he helped with the development and coordinating of the Fulfillment Fund STEM and STEAM Programs in partnership with UCLA, the Creative Artists Agency, and various other agencies.

Prior to working for the Fulfillment Fund, Abel worked in academic outreach at various comprehensive high schools throughout greater Los Angeles as part of UCLA’s Early Academic Outreach Program, and led a college preparatory program as part of the UCLA/Inglewood Unified School District GEAR-UP project.