Workshops and Webinars


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Workshops

Quetzal Mama hosts free* workshops throughout California and the U.S. for parents and students. She has designed curriculum for more than 75 workshops covering every component of the college admissions process. She books workshops months in advance, so contact Quetzal Mama soon to book a workshop in your community.

Click here to see a list of all workshops offered for K-5, middle school, high school, and community college students.

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Email your workshop request to [email protected].

* Students are never charged a fee to participate in the Quetzal Mama workshop series. The hosting organization covers the fee – thereby providing expert-level content for their student and parent community.

K-5 Workshops

  • Thinking Backwards – Strategies beginning in K-5
  • How to Make the A-G Soup
  • Future Middle School Curriculum – Map your College Future
  • College Pathways (CC, CSU, UC, Private)
  • The STEM Related Pathway Begins in 5th Grade
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Writing like a College Student
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming a Physician
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming an Engineer
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming an Attorney
  • Academies, Charter Schools, and Private Schools
  • I Think My K-5 Student is Gifted – What Should I do?

Middle School Workshops

  • Thinking Backwards – Middle School to High School
  • Pathway to College – a Multitude of Options!
  • The Big 4 —Four Critical Steps for Middle School Students
  • Middle Schoolers Recipe for A-G Soup
  • High School Curriculum – Chart a Path in 6th Grade
  • The STEM Related Pathway (MS to High School)
  • Future Physician Pathway (Middle School to High School)
  • Future Engineer Pathway (Middle School to High School)
  • Myths & Facts about College Admission
  • It’s All About the Benjamins! Middle Schoolers Get Finance Savvy
  • Extracurricular Activities – for Middle School Students?
  • Strategize College Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT)
  • Strategize AP/IB Exams and Subject Tests
  • How to Pick the Right College for You

High School Workshops

  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Thinking Backwards – Strategic Approach
  • Myths & Facts about College Admission
  • Strategize Extracurricular Activities
  • PSAT – How to Become a Nat’l Hispanic Scholar
  • Strategize College Entrance Exams (SAT/ACT)
  • Strategize AP/IB Exams and Subject Tests
  • The Cyber Profile – El Perfil Cibernético
  • Top 10 Things Students Do To Get Admitted
  • The Art & Science of College Admissions
  • Strategies for Pre-Med Bound Students
  • Strategies for Engineering Bound Students
  • The Holistic Process at the University of California
  • How to Nail your College Shortlist
  • Which UC Campus Should You Apply?
  • How to Pick the Right College For You
  • Strategizing Your College Application
  • Resume Builder – Secret Strategy for College
  • Early Versus Regular Admission
  • What’s the Real Deal with AP Exams?
  • Help, I’m Mismatched!
  • Overmatching – College Roulette
  • Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a Match!
  • The Pathway to College
  • The Extraordinary Letter of Recommendation
  • How to Nail the College Interview
  • Top 5 Tips for Rising Freshman
  • Top 5 Tips for Rising Sophomores
  • Top 5 Tips for Rising Juniors
  • Top 5 Tips for Rising Seniors

High School Workshops (Personal Statements)

  • The new UC prompts for 2016
  • Los Huesos – Build the Bones of Your Essay
  • The Essay is Like a Taco de Carne Asada
  • The Ganas Principle for College Essays
  • The S/Hero’s Journey –Classic Principle for Essays
  • Nail the Common Application Essay
  • Nail the University of California Prompts
  • Select the Right Prompt for you
  • Nail the Supplemental Essays
  • Nail the Personal Statement for Transfer Students
  • The TIN CASA Rubric – Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!

High School Workshops (Scholarships)

  • Nail the Questbridge Essays
  • Nail the Gates Millennium Scholars Essays
  • Nail the Dell Scholars Essays
  • Nail the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Essays
  • Quetzal Mama’s Toolkit to “Nail” Top Scholarships
  • The “Los Huesos” Approach for Scholarships
  • The Essay is Like a Taco de Carne Asada
  • Regional & National Scholarships
  • 5 Quick Tips for Scholarship Success!
  • Scholarship Scams, Traps, and Major Time Wasters
  • The Dreamer’s Toolkit – Undocumented Students
  • The Power of 3 in Scholarship Essays
  • TIN CASA Rubric – Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself!

Workshops (K-5 Parents)

  • How to be a Quetzal Mama
  • What Latino Superstars Know
  • Help your Child Stack the Deck
  • Conoces sus Derechos – Know Your Rights
  • 1 Hour Per Day Reading Rule
  • College is a Game – Know How to Play & Win
  • Help Your Child Develop a “Ganas” Mindset
  • My K-5 Student is Gifted – What Should I do?
  • Working the System – for K-5 Parents
  • Ignacia la Ingeniosa! –Resources for your Kids
  • Top 10 Mistakes in Preparing Kids for College
  • Myth: Latino Parents Don’t Care About College
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Writing like a MS Student
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming a Physician
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming an Engineer
  • 5th Grader’s Guide to Becoming an Attorney

Workshops (Middle School Parents)

  • 5 Tips for Middle School Parents
  • Academies, Charter Schools, & Private Schools?
  • My MS Student is Gifted – What Should I do?
  • Middle School Parents Work the System!
  • Help Your Child Develop a Ganas Mindset
  • Teaching our Kids Delayed Gratification
  • Demystifying the Steps to College
  • Myth: Latino Parents Don’t Care About College
  • Thinking Backwards – Killer College Strategy!
  • Prepare your Middle School Student for AP Exams
  • Prepare your Middle School Student for SAT/ACT
  • College Calendar – What Happens When?
  • Middle School Guide to Writing like a HS Student
  • Middle School Guide to Becoming a Physician
  • Middle School Guide to Becoming an Engineer
  • Middle School Guide to Becoming an Attorney

Workshops (High School Parents)

  • Overview of the College Application Process
  • Thinking Backwards – Strategic Approach
  • College is a Game – Know How to Play & Win
  • Top 5 Tips for your Rising Freshman
  • Top 5 Tips for your Rising Sophomore
  • Top 5 Tips for your Rising Junior
  • Top 5 Tips for your Rising Senior
  • It’s All About the Benjamins! Get Finance Savvy
  • What Parents Must Know about Scholarships
  • Myths & Facts about College Admission
  • Ave Enjaulada – Truth about Colleges Far from Home
  • El PerfilCibernético –Your Student’s Cyber Profile
  • When Your Child Leaves for College

Target Audiences

Quetzal Mama tools, methods, and strategies are applicable to anyone interested in college admissions. However, the workshop series is designed specifically for students who are first generation college status, low-income, and historically underrepresented in higher education.

The primary target population for Quetzal Mama workshops include Latino students (and those students historically underrepresented in higher education) attending K-5, middle school, high school, and California Community Colleges.

The secondary target population is parents of K-5, middle school, high school, and community college students. The workshops are tailored for parents of students historically underrepresented in higher education, with little to no prior knowledge concerning college admissions.

Lastly, school administrators, counselling staff, college-going organizations, and others interested in serving Latino students (and those historically underrepresented in higher education) will benefit from a “Train the Trainer” series.