Wahupa means Enlightenment.

Our mission is to light the way for low-income and first-generation San Diegans to achieve their personal best.





The Wahupa TRiO of Programs:

Educational Talent Search

Academic, career, and financial counseling focused on motivating and encouraging high-potential, low-income, first-generation high-schoolers to graduate and go on to college.

Upward Bound

Coaching and counseling for college-bound students focused on admissions prep, financial assistance and socio-emotional college readiness.

Educational Opportunity Centers

Counseling and information on college admissions for adults who want to enter, re-enter, or continue their postsecondary education and those looking to obtain a high school diploma or GED.


I never thought I’d go to college. Wahupa helped me understand how to get there and walked me though all the steps. There was so much to do and my Advisor helped me every step of the way.

- Isaac | class of 2019


Schools We Work With:

Escondido High

Fallbrook High

Hoover High

Kearny High

Montgomery High

Lincoln High

Orange Glen High

San Diego High

Sweetwater High

Vista High

Crawford High

Clairemont High

O’Farrell High

Chula Vista Adult School

Montgomery Adult School

National City Adult School

San Ysidro Adult School

Our Team

Management Staff

Judith Ortiz 
Executive Director

Patricia Bácame
Educational Talent Search Programs Director

Corrie Charfauros
Educational Opportunities Centers Programs Director

Chanika Marsh
Upward Bound Programs Director


Jim Pauley, President

Kevin Ho, Treasurer

Patricia Fitzmorris, EdD., Member

Leslie Whitney, Member