March, 2021
Assist-A-Grad Scholarships
The Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation aims to support graduating high school seniors from the Fairfield-Suisun-Travis communities by connecting them with scholarship donors. The Matt Garcia Foundation - Keep the Dream Alive Scholarship is now being offered through this organization. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 11, 2021. Complete requirements and information can be found by accessing the Scholarship Guide.
For further information, visit: Assist-A-Grad Scholarship Foundation, Inc. or your school counseling offices.
Solano County Farm Bureau Scholarships
The Solano County Farm Bureau Ag Education Foundation is offering 2 $1,500 scholarships, as well as 1 for $1,000 and 2 for $500. Open to all Solano County high school students who plan on enrolling full time at a community college or university, or an undergraduate student whose hometown is in Solano County. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 30, 2021.
For more information, call the Farm Bureau at (707)449-8044 or send an email to
The PAL Career Cafe is accepting applications
The Fairfield PAL Career Cafe is taking applications the last student cohort!
Get your fresh blend of job skills—and earn a $1,200 stipend in only 80 hours!

The PAL Works! Career Café Program prepares local teens to build job skills and a career road map that will enable them to get a head start in the employment sector and career development. Teens selected for the program receive 60 hours of job exposure and 20 hours of strengths-based training. Fellows who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $1,200 stipend scholarship.
Certain eligibility requirements apply. 

For more information or to request an application, please call 422 6288 or email us at Incomplete applications cannot be accepted. This program is made possible with support from the Solano County Community Investment Fund.
The Fairfield PAL Program is open to Fairfield, Suisun, and Travis Students enrolled ages 13-18 who are enrolled in school. Memberships are FREE and can be applied for at the Fairfield Community Center by calling (707) 428-7435.
PAL uses traditional recreational programming to create an environment that draws young people to support the development of the social and emotional skills required to promote a positive self-identity and become productive and engaged members of our community. By offering teens programs they are interested in and choices, it becomes possible to slip in pro social skill building and development utilizing youth development practices and techniques.
For more information about these PAL activities, please call 707-422-6288 or visit the program’s webpage at under the Quick Links or follow us in real time by visiting the program’s Facebook page at @Fairfieldpal1, Twitter at @pal-fairfield, and Instagram at ff_pal_center
Community Day Clean-up
Safety is our number one priority, so the Matt Garcia Foundation has cancelled March’s community day clean-up due to the widespread of COVID-19 in Solano County. 

Although we cannot meet this month, we encourage you to take time to individually clean-up your own neighborhoods. 

Stay safe by wearing a mask and disposable gloves while picking up trash. Please check the Matt Garcia Foundation website for any changes in future community clean-ups and other events. 
Hiking Safety Tips
Whether you’re considering taking a leisurely stroll around a local park or lake, or going for a 10 mile hike in a County, Regional or National Park, it’s important to plan for safety. Each year numerous people are injured while hiking. While it is nice to get out and enjoy the outdoors, particularly during the pandemic, you must remember the importance of being cautious. Below are some basic tips to follow. For additional info check out the websites of reputable organizations, such as the American Red Cross (, U.S. National Park Service ( , and the California State Parks (

  • Plan ahead
  • Research the site(s) you are planning to visit
  • Do not hike alone, and be careful walking on different types of terrain and slope
  • Notify someone of your itinerary who’s not joining you
  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Be prepared for inclement weather (it’s better to peel layers off vs not having enough layers in colder weather)
  • Pack plenty of drinking water and some healthy snacks
  • Bring a first aid kit, bug/tick repellant, a flashlight, whistle and hand sanitizer ▪ Consider using a reliable phone app with a hiking map of your location
  • Do not overdo your hike. Stay within your fitness zone
  • And lastly, even though you are outdoors, it is still important to follow local rules to help stop the spread of the pandemic (wear a mask when appropriate, maintain social distancing and wash your hands often)
Some Inspiring Words...
“Life will only change when you become more committed to your dream
than you are to your comfort zone.”
-Billy Cox
“The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution
to the healing of the world.”
-Marianne Williamson
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Everyday we learn something new. Take life as a test and shoot for a better score each day… It doesn’t have to be an “A” the next day,
but let’s hope it improves.
-Matt Garcia
P.O. Box 3301
Fairfield, CA 94533

DIRECT: 707.372.4160
Keep the Dream Alive
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