FIRST Events

The Formerly Incarcerated Re-Entry Students Thriving (FIRST) Program holds events and workshops throughout the year.

FIRST invites you to attend workshops aimed at understanding our students as well as becoming an ally to them. These events are a way to engage and connect students with resources and approaches to help them continue to be successful.

FIRST Presents: Emotional Intelligence with Martin Leyva on October 25th from 1pm-3:30pm

FIRST Car Show OrientationJoin the FIRST Program for our second FIRST Cares event. We will be discussing Emotional Intelligence with Martin Leyva.View Flyer

The Formerly Incarcerated Re-Entry Students Thriving (FIRST) Program and various community partners will have orientations, trainings, resources, and workshops aimed at assisting our campus in understanding the experiences of our FIRST Scholars while building our ally network! 

All events are open to the community, students, staff, and faculty, and we encourage you to attend as many as possible! If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to the FIRST team:

Past Events



FITE Documentary Film

From Incarceration to Education Q&A Panel

The PUSHOUTS Screening & Panel

Monday, November 29 | 5:30 – 7 p.m.

FIRST and the Rising Scholars Network bring you the amazing documentary, THE PUSHOUTS, by Curious Matters, Cam Bay Productions and Big Pictures Films!


Breaking Bars Community Network Ally Training

Tuesday/Wednesday, November 30 & December 1 | 6 – 8 p.m.

The FIRST team is excited to partner with The Breaking Bars Community Network to bring a 2-Day Liberating Scholars Educational Ally Training to El Camino College.

RSVP Day 1

RSVP Day 2

Diversity Apprenticeship Program (DAP) Workshop

Wednesday, December 1 | 9 - 10 a.m.

FIRST has partnered with (DAP) to present on the program which aims to increase the number of underrepresented groups in the art community. In this workshop, they will be going over what art handling is, more details about the program, and requirements to apply to DAP!


Prototypes/HealthRight 360 Workshop

Thursday, December 2 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST is excited to partner with Rebecca M. Snyder, LCSW, and Andrew Mohamed, ACSW, from the Prototypes team to provide a workshop on mental health support through self-care, mindfulness and self-compassion.


Expungement Workshop

Thursday, December 2 | 5 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST has partnered with Richard Ortiz, a former Retired Probation Officer and member of SRJC Second Chance Support Team, to provide an Expungement Workshop to any student, staff, faculty and community member who wants to know more about the expungement process.


Ten Toes In Workshop

Friday, December 3 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

FIRST is excited to partner with Ten Toes In and present on resources to address the component of Intimate Relationships and Successful Reentry for the formerly incarcerated community. They will emphasize the importance of being a part of a Support Group and provide tools to be in a healthy relationship after incarceration.