Beyond the Classroom

Shoe

Shoe Design Contest Winner Tours Vans Headquarters

September 25, 2017

This summer, Locke alumni Juan Gomez spent the day at Vans Headquarters in Costa Mesa, shadowing Safir Bellali, a product designer who now heads up the Innovation efforts at Vans.

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career

JetTalk: Maria Scileppi on Turning Your Passion Into a Career

September 12, 2017

Students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy earned how they could turn their passions into a career, thanks to director of 72U, Maria Scileppi.

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summer melt

Cooling the Melt: Helping Our Students Get to Day One of Freshmen Year at College

August 10, 2017

A phenomena known as “summer melt” is a representation of the obstacles faced by many first year and first generation college students. This is why Green Dot’s educational model has built-in supports in the form of summer workshops, support groups, mentors, and outreach.

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Interns

Cultivating Professional Habits With Our Second Generation of Green Dot Interns

August 2, 2017

Our second annual cohort of interns, made up of Green Dot juniors from seven different schools, is spending their summer working alongside our staff and in the offices of community partners to gain insight into career fields of interest and cultivate professional habits.

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Poetry

Performance Poetry Teams Write a Legacy at Ánimo Inglewood

July 18, 2017

Since 2012, Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School has developed a steady stream of poets, planting roots in the teen poetry slam community.

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics Breaks Down Stereotypes and Builds Cohesion

July 5, 2017

The thumps of basketballs hitting the pavement were muffled over the applause of the audience, as Ánimo Western Charter Middle School and Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School students played in their first Special Olympics Unified Sports game.

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Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews Prepare Green Dot Students for Future Careers

June 29, 2017

Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo High School staff partnered with professionals and business leaders across Los Angeles, including Green Dot Ambassadors, to simulate real-world interview experiences at its annual Mock Interviews event, which helps our students polish and refine skills necessary to pursue future careers.

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Robotics

Robotics: It’s Not All Nuts and Bolts

June 15, 2017

A feeling of camaraderie filled the room as students shared their feelings of anxiousness and pride with other students at the third annual Green Dot Robotics Competition.

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Launch to College

How We Build Community Among Our Graduates

June 1, 2017

Last month, hundreds of students and educators gathered to celebrate our college-bound seniors’ journey into higher education at the fourth annual Launch to College event.

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Mars

With the Help of Nasa, Green Dot Students Visit Mars

May 18, 2017

Earlier this month, courtesy of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy were transported to another planet: Mars. Three designers and engineers from JPL visited Locke to speak with students as part of its JetSpace Talks series.

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After School Program

Middle School After School Programs: the Risk of Cutting Back Expanded Learning

May 5, 2017

At Green Dot Public Schools, we view after school programs as an extension of the academic day. Many of our students are entering our schools significantly behind grade level. While we strategically schedule classes to provide appropriate interventions, our after school programs provide middle school and high school students with a space for additional support…

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Locke music

National Association Recognizes Locke Music Program

May 4, 2017

This April, ninety-two schools across the country were recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for prioritizing music education in their curriculum. Green Dot’s own Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy received the Support Music Merit Award for the second year in a row, acknowledging our commitment to ensure students have access to the widely understood benefit of music education.

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