Turning Red Dots Green

Green Dot took our name from a newspaper map from 1999 which showed internet connectivity in neighborhoods across the metropolitan area — green dots on the map showed sites that were wired for the internet; red dots showed those that had no connection. A stark pattern emerged: Affluent areas were all green dots while low…
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Q&A: Class of 2020 graduate on the cusp of attending UCLA

July 21, 2020

Amid pandemic life, we held a conversation with Class of 2020 graduate Trinity Bradford of Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School and discussed her thoughts, sentiments, and interest around her upcoming transition to college.

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Graduation 2020: A resilient generation

June 11, 2020

“I didn’t just want to write a speech that was for me. I wanted to write a speech that embodied us, the class of 2020.”

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Graduation 2020: The road to college and beyond

June 10, 2020

Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School graduate, Jenny Legido, reflects on her senior year and road to college. In the fall she will be attending Middlebury College.

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Faces of Growth

Why Sarai Traveled Two Hours a Day for School

July 9, 2019
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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.