CEFCU Goes Above and Beyond to Support the Caltech Y Rise Tutoring Programs


The Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union (CEFCU) delivered a remarkable “two for one” gift to the Caltech Y Rise and Y-Tutor Programs. CEFCU granted $10,000 to the Y’s tutoring programs for public school students, and then CEFCU applied for a grant from another organization on behalf of the Y, which matched its $10,000 contribution. CEFCU’s efforts brought $20,000 to the Y’s innovative and important tutoring programs for Pasadena Unified School District and Pasadena Community College students.

The expansion and success of the Caltech Y’s Rise Tutoring Program in response to COVID-19 proved to be the most influential factor for the grants. The Rise Program moved online in April 2020 and at the same time, expanded with a new Y-Tutor Program component to serve a wider audience of students in the Pasadena Unified School District. By shifting quickly to an online platform during the spring of 2020, the Caltech Y was able to serve more students to support the educational needs of the community.

“In 2020, 224 Caltech students tutored 177 PUSD and PCC students for 1.5 hours per week in math and science, a total of 6716 hours of tutoring in one year! We work with students who need extra help to perform well in STEM subjects. Our Caltech student volunteers are uniquely suited to work with community youth—they are young, interesting, and from all over the world,” accor