Project Ready

Ready for College. Work, and Life

Project Ready is designed to develop the individual student’s knowledge and attitude toward, and capacity for, post-secondary success. Boasting STEM programs, College Readiness, Health & Wellness presentations and Service Learning programs, all in support of getting our kids ready, for college, work and life.  This program focuses on STEM, Leadership Development, Historical and Cultural Literacy, College Tours, College, National Case Competition, and Career Preparation while in partnership with the National Urban League. Because we are located in San Diego, and because of the demographics of the students in the program, we will also discuss parallels, influences, and connections of the Latino, Afro-Latino, African community, other under represented communities. The Project Ready Curriculum on Historical and Cultural Literacy seeks to address the lack of culturally relevant and historically accurate curricula on the Black urban experience in America, and to empower youth with positive images of themselves as a people who have impacted the social, economic, political, and cultural development of this nation, yesterday and today.


Our mission is to spark Project Ready youth with the curiosity to increase their knowledge of self and community while investigating African American history.  For more information about the program, partnerships, sponsorships, and RFP for Speakers/Presentation, please contact Kea Hagan at (619) 266-6265 or send an email to .  


Special Thanks for Recent Keynote Presentations:

  • Micah Hale, PhD, RPA Senior Archaeologist, Dudek

  • Michael Williams, PhD, Senior Paleontologist, Dudek

  • Jada M. Irving, Graduate Student, Health Services Administration Candidate, University of Michigan School of Public Health

  • Rose Newberry, AICP, Planning and Urban Design Specialist, Dudek

  • Jennifer Sucha, AICP, Senior CEQA/NEPA Project Manager, Dudek

  • Kelly Price Noble (Grand-daughter of Charles Drew)

  • Roberta Camarena, M.A.Ed., Assistant Director of Admissions, Diversity Recruitment, UC San Diego

  • Linda Doughty, Executive Director, UC San Diego-CAL SOAP, San Diego and Imperial Counties

  • Dr. Ricky Shabazz, President, San Diego City College

  • Clinton Bullock, MAIPS, Associate Director, LMU

  • James Mackey, IV, Higher Education Instructor, Founder and CEO of G-O-A-L Minded Group

  • LCDR Aaron Jefferson, III, Chief Engineer, USS PRINCETON (CG 59), Carpe Diem

  • Joe Smith, Linebacker Dad

  • UC San Diego Pre-Meds Without Borders

Special Thanks for Providing Ongoing Lessons:

  • Fred Moore - College Readiness and Current Events Discussion

  • Kristina Watkins - STEM Lessons

  • Lavar Watkins - Work Readiness Lessons