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Mental Health

The Case for Supporting the Mental Health of Your Students

Oct 8, 2019

This Mental Illness Awareness Week, Janneth Johnson discusses why all students should have access to mental health support structures.

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A New Era for California Charter Schools

Oct 4, 2019

Today marks a new era for California charter public schools. Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1505 into law—a historic agreement that affirms high-quality charter schools are here to stay and that charter schools are a critical lever in ensuring quality school options for all families across the state.

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Leaders

Join Us in Celebrating National Principals’ Month

Oct 1, 2019

At Green Dot, our school leaders drive the direction of our schools and embody our mission to serve our communities. They have a true passion for education and are committed to the pursuit of college, leadership, and life for all students.

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Sandra Estrada: My Road to College

Sep 24, 2019

In her junior year at the University of California, Los Angeles we spoke with Ánimo Leadership Charter High School alumna Sandra Estrada about her road to college and where this journey might lead her once she graduates.

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Peace Ikediuba: Don’t Knock Yourself out of the Game

Sep 18, 2019

“At a certain point in my life I stopped thinking about college because I knew I couldn’t afford it and it didn’t seem logical to even put myself through the process,” reflected Peace Ikediuba, an Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School alumna.

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college counseling

Why This Alumna Became a Counselor at Her Alma Mater

Sep 10, 2019

“When I became a counselor many of my friends and even family members would ask me, ‘Do you have a couch where you ask students how they’re doing while you scribble notes in a notepad?’” chuckled Stacie Cruz, a counselor at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

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Why This Founding Green Dot Student Came Back to South LA

Sep 3, 2019

Daisy Estevez, a social studies teacher at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, became a teacher in hopes of changing the lives and trajectories of students. Estevez was inspired by her teachers at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School (ARB) who helped change her life when she was a founding student in 2006.

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How Math Will Help This Future Nurse Practitioner

Aug 27, 2019

“People always joke that the Pythagorean theorem isn’t going to help you in the real world,” chuckled Ashley Perez, a 2019 Ánimo College Prep Academy alumna.

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Band

How Marching Band Changed This Alumnus’s Life

Aug 20, 2019

“The Locke band has given me a purpose,” reflected Danny Velasquez, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy alumnus. “It’s made me more appreciative of music, taught me a sense of responsibility, and has really shown me the importance of collaborating with others.”

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Send Us to SXSWedu 2020: Vote Now for Green Dot’s Panel Submissions

Aug 12, 2019

For the fifth year in a row, Green Dot has submitted submitted proposals for our educators, leadership team and staff to lead panels and workshops at SXSWedu’s annual conference in Austin, TX.

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Compton

Ánimo Compton Reignites Students’ Love for Learning

Aug 12, 2019

“When Brianna Chavez began attending Ánimo Compton Charter School in her seventh grade year she was shocked at how different it was from her previous school. “I was in world history class and I was stuck on an assignment and my teacher just came up to me and said ‘Do you need help?’

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Inglewood

Rising So That Others Can: Meet Alumna Yaritza Gonzalez

Aug 5, 2019

During the 1980s, my parents migrated from Mexico to California in search of better opportunities. In California, I grew up in the fields of Oxnard and the streets of Inglewood, where I witnessed members of my community discriminated against, deported, jailed, and murdered.

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Wanding

Ending Random Searches of Students

Jul 30, 2019

Green Dot has always believed that schools should be a place where students feel safe, supported and cared for; not a place where they are seen as criminals or suspects. Unfortunately, this has been the norm for students in Los Angeles for more than a quarter-century.

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Special Education

Locke Students Shine at First Unified Sports Track Meet

Jul 29, 2019

On an early Thursday morning, student athletes from Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy’s Unified Sports Track and Field team, boarded their bus anxious, but eager to compete as a team for the first time. Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program where student athletes with and without disabilities play and compete together.

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Arts

College and Career Readiness Through the Arts at Ánimo Venice

Jul 23, 2019

In underserved communities, students typically have less access to an arts education and receive significantly less exposure to the arts compared to their more affluent peers. To change that, Ánimo Venice Charter High School provides students with both a rigorous core curriculum and an arts education.

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College

Why This Senior Almost Didn’t Apply to His Dream Schools

Jul 22, 2019

Justin Villeraldo once had a strained relationship with school. “Before coming here I would mess around in class and do just enough work so I could culminate,” recalled Villeraldo. “I hated English class the most; I wasn’t able to focus, and I wouldn’t try.”

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College

What My First College Tour Taught Me About My Future

Jul 15, 2019

This year, I had an eye opening experience during my very first college tour as a sophomore at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School. Together with my classmates and teachers, we visited Stanford University, University of California, Santa Barbara; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; California State University, Fresno; University of California, Merced; San Jose State University; San Francisco State University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Leading Tennessee

Jul 10, 2019

In preparation for another successful school year, we’re excited to introduce our new leaders in Tennessee. These Principals and Assistant Principals are passionate educators and are ready to get to work on our mission to transform public education in Memphis.  Brittney Matt Principal, Bluff City High School Brittney Matt began her career as an English…

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School

Why Sarai Traveled Two Hours a Day for School

Jul 9, 2019

Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School (APB) alumna Sarai Flores is one of the many students whose academic trajectories have been dramatically changed since they arrived at a Green Dot school. “I was not a very good student; I felt like school wasn’t important, but my mindset changed when I came to APB. I went from failing all my classes to getting mostly As,” reflected Flores.

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Hillcrest Senior ‘Gives Her Best Shot,’ and Lands a Basketball Scholarship

Jul 1, 2019

Chancey Jackson, a Hillcrest High School alumna, is heading to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Mississippi in the fall on a basketball scholarship. Reflecting on her senior year, Jackson is proud of the strong season she and her teammates had. The Lady Vikings were 14-0 this season, and were the top ranking team in the district.

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