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Beyond the Classroom

Green Dot Celebrates Black History Month and Black Excellence

February 3, 2023

Every February, our nation has a moment to reflect, acknowledge, and observe the countless contributions African Americans have made throughout the world during Black History Month.


How This Alumni Teacher Makes Ánimo Leadership a Home

February 2, 2023

Sandra Estrada, an alumni teacher from Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, is committed to giving back to the Lennox community that set her up for success by creating positive classroom experiences for the next generation of leaders.


Citizens Business Bank commits volunteers and funding to the Mentorship Program

January 31, 2023

Citizens Business Bank reaffirmed its commitment to the Green Dot Public Schools Mentorship Program with a $15,000 donation to sustain and expand the program, in its second year. The financial institution also has four employees as mentors to 11th and 10th graders in Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles, including Jess Tirado,…


Locke High School Students Advocate for Safer Streets along the Figueroa Corridor

January 23, 2023

Students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy founded activism group Justice for Peace in response to street violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and suicide occurring along the Figueroa Corridor.


Concrete, Boards, and Life Long Lessons: How This Middle School Club Empowers Girls

January 18, 2023

At the heart of Concrete Queenz, an all-girl skateboarding club, is a community with life-long lessons on friendship, determination, and empowerment.


Special education is a lifelong vocation for MLK MS teacher

January 12, 2023

Special education is something very close to Ms. Jennifer Ponton. The Martin Luther King Middle School teacher has been doing it for the past 26 years, bringing her experience in the matter from many places outside of Beaumont, Texas. Ms. Ponton has lived the necessities of special education students herself. Her brother and two sons…


Ánimo Jefferson Students Flourish in New Theater Club

January 9, 2023

At Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, the Jefferson Theater Club is a place where students sing to their favorite music, work on wardrobes, set up audio, rehearse, and most of all, have fun.


In 2022 we continued to serve our students and communities as we adapted to the new normal

January 5, 2023

As we continued adapting to the new normal in 2022, we had the chance to reconnect with our students face-to-face, teachers and staff celebrating their successes and difficulties. We were able to renew friendships, hold extra curricular activities and speak once again with parents and our communities to share their concerns and work together to…


5th Annual Legacy Conference Calls for Proposals on Anti-Blackness

January 5, 2023

Green Dot Public Schools California is searching for presentation and workshop proposals for its 5th annual Legacy Conference.


New, On-Campus Hygiene Machine Supports Student Wellness

December 20, 2022

Ánimo City of Champion Charter High School believes students shouldn’t have to worry about access to good hygiene – especially in the classroom. With the help of the school administration and the safety of the students in mind, Hygiene First LLC added a personal care machine to the building during March of this year.


King Middle School parents volunteer as an act of love

December 16, 2022

Sheryl Marie Jackson and Adriana Vazquez have extended their love and care for their kids, who attend Martin Luther King Middle School, to all the students at the Green Dot Southeast Texas school in Beaumont, Texas. Jackson and Vazquez are two of a growing number of volunteer mothers who give back to the school by…


UPAS Assembly approves platform for 2023 Los Angeles communities

December 13, 2022

When United Parents & Students held their ninth annual assembly, its members unanimously approved the five point Community Invested Platform presented by the community based organization. Over 250 parents and students came to the assembly, held at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, the first one held with the public since 2020 and the start…


Congresswomen Brings Insight on Civic Engagement to Ánimo Pat Brown Students

December 12, 2022

At Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, social studies teacher Joel Snyder puts civic engagement at the core of his AP Government course, which he has used to enable students to engage in political discourse and kickstart change in their communities.


Fairley’s Duke Deuce returns to school, donates to band department

December 8, 2022

When Patavious Isom graduated from Fairley High School in 2011, his band teacher told the aspiring musician that when he became a successful artist, all he wanted from him was to come back to school and share his experiences. Fast forward 11 years later. Isom returned to Fairley this fall to share his experiences and…


Locke Jumpstarts Student Trajectories at Annual Career Day and Fair

December 1, 2022

A pilot, a doctor, and a secret serviceman were all in the same building. This isn’t a setup for a punchline. This is just a few of the many professions students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy learned about during the school’s annual Career Day and Fair, which took place on November 4, 2022.


Ánimo Leadership Principal Fosters Community, Growth, and a Toolkit for Success

November 29, 2022

In the heart of Lennox, a small community near Inglewood, California, is a three-story building with a small courtyard spanning just one block. This is Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, a modest school that has built a tight-knit community where students feel equipped to tackle life after high school.


Mentors and mentees have first face-to-face at Mentorship Match Day

November 22, 2022

The Green Dot Mentorship Program kicked off its second year with the first ever face to face encounter of mentors and students at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School after starting virtually during the 2021-2022 school year in both Los Angeles and Memphis. Mentors from various partner companies met for the first time in…


Meet our Green Dot Growth All Stars!

November 16, 2022

Chad is a 12th grader at Green Dot’s Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles. Chad radiates kindness – he won’t tell you who his best friend is, instead he casually shares that he is friends with everyone on campus. To bring everyone together around his favorite hobby, he is starting a book…


School Psychologists Lower Barriers to Learning for Student Success

November 15, 2022

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, on average, four out of five students are not getting the mental health support they need. At Green Dot Public Schools California, we invested in a team of school psychologists who are making safe spaces for our students to receive crisis management, social-emotional counseling sessions, special education counseling, and more during school hours.


First Person: Growing from Middle to High School

November 1, 2022

My name is Lindsey Garcia, I am 14 years old and I graduated from middle school at Ánimo Jefferson Middle School and I am a current ninth grade (freshman) student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche High School. Starting high school was something I had always had mixed feelings about, as I was sad, happy, excited, but…


Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Opens Campus for Community-Wide Día De Los Muertos Celebration

November 1, 2022

Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School (AEO) hosted its seventh annual Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) community event that highlighted over 300 student altar presentations. Community members also had an opportunity to tour the school, visit candy stations, enjoy community resources, and a live DJ.


How this MLK Middle School teacher integrates sports into education

October 26, 2022

As a first year teacher  at Martin Luther King Middle School in Beaumont, Texas, Ariana Darjean feels a special connection to her physical education students, thanks in part to having siblings that are as old as they are. “You need to adjust and adapt and yes, I can relate to the kids a little more…


Green Dot Student Selected for Global Citizen Initiative Fellowship

October 25, 2022

Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School student Sofia Garcia has been selected to participate in the Global Citizens Initiative (GCI) fellowship. The fellowship is a 10-month program designed to address global issues at local and community-wide levels. The program brings fellows from around the world to the Global Citizen Initiative’s nine-day summit at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.


Children’s Institute Supports the Whole Child at Three Green Dot Schools

October 17, 2022

Green Dot Public Schools California has partnered with Children’s Institute Community Schools to support three of our campuses with services for students, families, and our community as part of its commitment of fully supporting the whole child.


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