Humans of Green Dot

Band

How Marching Band Changed This Alumnus’s Life

August 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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Compton

Ánimo Compton Reignites Students’ Love for Learning

August 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

August 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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College

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

July 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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School

Why Sarai Traveled Two Hours a Day for School

July 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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Alumna

Nearly 3000 Miles From Home But Closer to Their Dreams: How These Alumnae Turned Ivy League Dreams into Realities

June 5, 2019

This summer, Roxana Andrade, an Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School alumna; Maggie Vallejo, an Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School alumna, and Londy Hernandez, an Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School alumna will join other Green Dot graduates in leaving their homes for the first time to pursue their dreams at some of the nation’s most elite universities.

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Parent

Why this Parent Loves Wooddale Middle School

May 27, 2019

Antoine Stone is a proud Green Dot parent who considers Wooddale Middle School a second home. “It feels so family oriented and that’s what I love. It’s not just teachers that come to teach kids, but it’s mothers and fathers that come to teach their kids, who they call their kids away from home,” said Stone.

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knowledge bowl

Local Police Officer Coaches Winning Hillcrest Knowledge Bowl Team

May 7, 2019

This February, a team of students from Hillcrest High School won first place at the annual Memphis Police Department Crime Prevention Unit’s City Wide Black History Month Knowledge Bowl.

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Coleman

Founding Freshman Finds New Vision for Her Future at RVLA High

April 25, 2019

Le’Trianna Coleman’s growth at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy HS is irrefutable: in less than a year at RVLA HS, her GPA has grown a full point, and she’s transitioned out of classes for students that need extra support into several honors courses.

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English

How This Student Grew Eight Grade Levels in English in Three Years

April 23, 2019

“Before coming here I couldn’t wait until the school day was over. Before coming here I would catch up on homework in my other classes and not pay attention,” recalled Klein Sanchez, a senior at Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School (ODLH). “I just didn’t care, but being here it was like, ‘I have to get my grades up, I have to graduate, and get accepted into college.’”

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boxing

Grindhouse Boxing Provides Socioemotional Lessons for Students at Fairley

April 11, 2019

“I joined the program to help me get control of myself and my anger,” reflected Javeries Suggs, a freshman at Fairley. “It has helped me become a nicer and calmer person. It has also helped me keep myself on track and stay more focused.”

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Athletics

More Than a Game: Layups and Life Skills

April 2, 2019

“Early in my career, my first principal told me, ‘I don’t see the value in athletics.’ My jaw dropped,” recalled Todd Wright, Athletic Director at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School. Wright knew nothing could be further from the truth.

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