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How UPAS families led the Pandemic fight against food insecurity

March 25, 2022

On March 13, 2020, United Parents and Students officials left their offices in Downtown Los Angeles due to the lockdown forced on the city because of the COVID-19 pandemic, expecting to return in two or three weeks to carry out the agenda defined in their most recent assembly just a few months before. As the…

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Ánimo Venice Alum Reflects on First Year of In-Person College Courses

February 1, 2022

We spoke with Ánimo Venice Charter High School’s 2020 valedictorian about her first year of in-person learning at UC Berkeley.

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How This Valedictorian Learned Computer Programming Before College

May 25, 2021

For Jenny Mendez, Ánimo Venice served as a launchpad for success.

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New Beginning, Brighter Future: Corteona Standback

February 17, 2021

From a young age, Corteona Standback knew a college education would play a key role in her future. But the Fairley High School alumna never envisioned that her road to college would lead her 400 miles away from her home.

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How Alain Leroy Locke Led a Movement

February 9, 2021

A writer, philosopher, and educator, Alain Leroy Locke paved the way for African-American artists and scholars.

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Growth Mindset: An Important Component of Student Success

December 8, 2020

Vincent Huynh’s math classes may look different than they did last fall, but one thing remains the same: his commitment to developing growth mindsets and nurturing students’ inherent capacity to learn.

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Animo Watts Alumna

Why This Alumna Is Committed to Public Service

July 15, 2020

Breanna Maldonado has demonstrated that you can achieve anything with determination and drive. This year she received a full tuition scholarship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles.

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My Journey to Stanford: Turning Goals Into Reality

July 7, 2020

“I just, I froze. I didn’t know how to process it. My sisters immediately called my parents and they started cheering ‘You’re going to Stanford.”

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Difference Makers: Ellen Ochoa’s Journey to Space Inspires a New Generation of Students

March 7, 2020

1993, Ellen Ochoa became the first Hispanic woman to travel into space, aboard NASA’s Discovery Space Shuttle. Ochoa served as a mission specialist who studied the earth’s atmosphere, its relationship between the sun, and the effects of solar wind. Between four separate shuttle missions, she spent more than 900 hours in space.

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How Fairley Inspired This Alumna to Dream Big

February 26, 2020

“I’ll find a way, or make one.” This is a motto Fairley High School alumna Corteona Standback lives by. Growing up she saw family and friends attend college, only to drop out after their first year. Now in her third year at Clark Atlanta University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Atlanta Georgia,…

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How This Alumna Helps Students in Her Community Overcome Barriers

February 19, 2020

Shannon Doss wasn’t always college bound. She grew up in South Los Angeles and entered the foster care system at the age of 16.

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Difference Makers: How Jackie Robinson Broke Barriers with Persistence

February 13, 2020

A baseball player, executive, and an African-American bank cofounder, Jackie Roosevelt Robinson repeatedly broke the color barrier throughout his life.

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