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Ánimo Compton

New Year, New School! Doors are Open at Ánimo Compton

Aug 15, 2018

This month, Green Dot’s newest school in California, Ánimo Compton Charter School opened its doors to smiling faces and eager minds at the Vanguard Learning Center in Compton. Ánimo Compton is Green Dot California’s first school to serve sixth through twelfth grade students.

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Food

Families Advocate for Better Food Quality in our Communities

Aug 8, 2018

“For far too long having fast food restaurants on every corner has taken a toll on the health of our communities,” said Keisha Mitchell, a United Parents & Students leader. In many underserved neighborhoods there is a higher likelihood of residents finding multiple fast food chains than wholesome grocery stores.

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Graduates

Daily Breeze — Local High School Graduates Land Prestigious Scholarships

Aug 6, 2018

Vanessa Felix, Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School alumnus will have an extra $10,000 to fund her plans for higher education after being selected for the Milken Scholars 2018 Scholarship Program. The program is open to college-bound graduates in L.A. County, New York City and Washington, D.C., and Milken Scholars are chosen based on their academic excellence, community service and capacity to persevere in challenging situations.

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data

EdSurge–How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class

Jul 31, 2018

Eli Sheldon, now a founding ninth grade computer science teacher at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy high school and formerly the region’s Computational Thinking Specialist, shares the success of a particular computational thinking unit with EdSurge.

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representative

Ánimo Watts Students Let Their Voices Be Heard

Jul 30, 2018

Community Engagement Coordinator Samantha Levra shares about a group of students from Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy hosting a Call Your Representative Day.

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Women

Green Dot Students Create Women in STEM Scholarship

Jul 27, 2018

Despite the fact that women make up more than 40% of the workforce, they hold less than a quarter of the nearly 8.6 million Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) jobs in the United States. This statistic nagged at four young women from Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

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leadership

A Leadership & Life Playlist: Songs That Have Inspired My Work

Jul 25, 2018

Green Dot Leadership and Life Coordinator Charli Kemp shares the purpose and importance of our new Leadership and Life framework.

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RVLA HS

Meet Some of the Founding Faces of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

Jul 23, 2018

Last year, Green Dot Public Schools opened the middle school grades for Rainier Valley Leadership Academy, and now we are excited to announce the opening of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School (RVLA HS) this fall!

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Clark Atlanta

Why So Many Fairley Students Are Heading to Clark Atlanta University

Jul 11, 2018

When Fairley High School alumni and former teacher Cafabian Heard first walked on to the campus of Clark Atlanta University, little did he know that soon enough a trail of Fairley alumni would soon be following his footsteps, largely due to his mentorship and encouragement.

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after school

Green Dot Students Advocate for After School Programs in Sacramento

Jul 5, 2018

“I know how much after school programs have impacted me, so having the opportunity to help students have the same great experiences that I had after school was an honor,” said Ryan Atapattu, senior at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

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band

Chalkbeat–How one group unites, provides opportunities for Memphis-area musicians

Jul 3, 2018

Chalkbeat features Fairley High School’s band in their preparation for this year’s Independence Showdown Battle of the Bands.

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equity

The Broad Center–Equity, inclusion and welcoming learning environments fill us with pride

Jul 2, 2018

The Broad Center interviews Green Dot’s Vice President of Strategic Planning, Nithya Rajan, about Green Dot’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion, with a particular focus on our recent focus in California on supporting students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

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class of 2018

Check Out the Smiles of the Class of 2018

Jun 28, 2018

Green Dot is proud to celebrate the Class of 2018! This year marked a number of milestones for our schools, and as we reflect on the school year, it’s clear how much there is to celebrate.

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eighth

Tacoma Weekly — Destiny primed to grow as first class graduates

Jun 26, 2018

The Tacoma Weekly highlights Destiny Middle School’s first class of eighth graders moving on to high school next year, about half of which have been with Destiny since it opened three years ago.

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Robots

Ping Pong Ball-Throwing Robots Get Put to the Test at Fourth Annual Competition

Jun 25, 2018

Students throughout the Green Dot network are learning how to meet the challenges of the future by building their own robots and testing the limits of their mechanical creations.

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graduating

Kent Reporter–Kent’s Excel Public Charter School recognizes first graduating class

Jun 21, 2018

The Kent Reporter features Excel Public Charter School’s first graduating class of eighth graders.

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Senior

Panels and Community Building at Annual Launch to College Event Prepares Students for Life on Campus

Jun 20, 2018

Each year college-bound seniors from all Green Dot high schools in California come together to connect with other seniors attending the same universities, and to learn more about their imminent transition to college.

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Locke

Q&A: Meet Youth of the Year Award Winner Talisha Skinner

Jun 19, 2018

We sat down with Talisha Skinner, a senior at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy. We spoke with her about what makes Locke special, her future, and what it means to be a Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year honoree.

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golf

Five Students Receive 2018 Boxer College Scholarships from the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation

Jun 18, 2018

This month, five seniors from Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School were awarded inaugural Boxer College scholarships by the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation at its 18th Annual Golf Classic.

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social justice

Edutopia–The Flexibility of Computational Thinking

Jun 15, 2018

Computational Thinking Specialist Eli Sheldon shares with Edutopia three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.

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