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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.

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Freshmen

How Robert Helps Freshmen Navigate The First Year of College

November 12, 2019
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As a freshman and a commuter student, Robert Cunningham struggled with establishing connections on campus and adjusting to the culture at his college. Now a sophomore, he mentors recent Green Dot graduates and helps them discover the best path to academic success.

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Sandra Estrada: My Road to College

September 24, 2019
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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

September 18, 2019
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“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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Why This Founding Green Dot Student Came Back to South LA

September 3, 2019
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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

August 27, 2019
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“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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