Student Spotlight!

                         Pupil Services, City Partnership Program

 Growing up, William C. explored parts of the world some of us have yet to see.  He has visited places such as Nevada, Florida, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Hawaii and Australia.  Although William recognizes he has been fortunate, his travels weren’t under positive circumstances.  

Throughout his life, William’s father has been incarcerated and continues to be away from his family.  What’s more, his mother also was incarcerated when William was 12 years old; consequently, leading to so much movement.  While William’s mother and father were incarcerated, both William and his brother moved around from family member to family member.  This is the sole reason why William never finished high school.  It appeared that every time he started a new school, just as he made new friends and adjusted, it was time to move again.  As PSA Counselors, it is known that when so much movement occurs, transcripts tend to get lost, sometimes they’re incomplete and sometimes students end up repeating courses. 

Nonetheless, William still wasn’t defeated.  Eventually, he was reunited with his mother and decided that it was time to get back on track.  William came into the YouthSource Center (YSC), Brotherhood Crusade a little over a year ago and enrolled in the WIA program.  He was set on getting his GED and also gaining employment.  Initially, William appeared to be motivated.  However, as time progressed, he started to engage in extracurricular activities that weren’t advantageous to him.   For an entire summer William disappeared from the YSC and returned in October. In October, he re-engaged in GED prep, re-took the two sections that he had previously failed and passed.  

It’s hard to say what happened, but PSA counselor, Ms. Betsy Lara strongly believes that William realized that he had the potential for more.  William returned as a different person.  He gave up his bad habits, acknowledging that they weren’t going to pay his bills or get him further in life.  

William took on responsibilities at the front desk answering phones. Initially, this was not a task he was willing to take on.  But now, William can handle the front desk all by himself and won’t hesitate in taking charge. Moreover, William has also been volunteering, for the last two months, at LAX’s IT Department.  He’s constantly networking, letting his colleagues know that he’s available to assist and is ready to take on any tasks that are given to him. 

William is a determined and successful young man who has a vision and is working towards more in life.  William has yet to determine his exact career path, but what’s important is that he’s learned the skills needed to be successful and self-sufficient.

Great job William! Thank you to our PSA Counselors for all of their hard work!

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                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
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This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14
                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!
On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.
http://www.baby2baby.org/
This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.
Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14

                    Baby2Baby Sponsors Mother’s Day Event!

On April 24th LAUSD, Pupil Services partnered with Baby2Baby to give 40 mothers the opportunity to share a wonderful interactive experience with their TK/Kindergarten children.  Sponsored by tinyprints, parents and their children were transported to Baby2Baby, which was transformed to provide participants an opportunity to interact in many ways.  Activities included children painting self-portraits on canvass; mothers enjoying manicures while their children picked flowers from an indoor flower market; a D.J. and dance floor; lunch with a coffee and milk bar centered around a chocolate fountain.  Finally, parents and their children had a chance to rub elbows with celebrities from film and television as they received tote bags filled with gifts for both mothers and children! To see more pictures of the event click here.

http://www.baby2baby.org/

This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.

Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 5/8/14

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

The Human Resources Division would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to all of the dedicated teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Teacher Appreciation Week provides us with an opportunity to recognize and commend our  professional educators who are committed to providing LAUSD youth with a high quality education that prepares them for both college and career.  Thank you for being a positive influence in the education and lives of your students!

                          May is Foster Youth Awareness Month

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month.  Wear your blue ribbon to support foster youth and families! For more information about Foster Care Awareness month and for ideas on what you can do to show support, visit www.fostercaremonth.org.


Read the Presidential Proclamation for National Foster Care Month 2014 here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/30/presidential-proclamation-national-foster-care-month-2014

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        Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on April 26th!!
Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on Saturday April 26th from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m for a College, Resource and Health Fair.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there!
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        Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on April 26th!!
Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on Saturday April 26th from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m for a College, Resource and Health Fair.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there!
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        Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on April 26th!!
Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on Saturday April 26th from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m for a College, Resource and Health Fair.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there!
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        Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on April 26th!!

Join the Grad Van at Liechty Middle School on Saturday April 26th from 10:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m for a College, Resource and Health Fair.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources. We hope to see you there!

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                                       Pupil Services Diploma Project
                                              Student Highlight
Graduation Promotion Counselor (GPC), Mr. Marquis Jones, began working with Jimmy at the end of 9th grade when he had failed all of his classes. Jimmy shared that his sister was terminally ill.  Eventually, he stopped attending school to help pay bills. With the ongoing help of the GPC, Mr. Jones, Jimmy attended adult school and enrolled in on-line classes.  As his sister’s health declined, he dropped Adult School. Eventually, Jimmy returned to Fremont High School, played basketball and passed his classes.  Last month, Jimmy earned his High School Diploma. Today he is working and enrolling in Santa Monica College. Great job Jimmy! 
Thank you Mr. Jones for all your hard work!
 
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                                       Pupil Services Diploma Project
                                              Student Highlight
Graduation Promotion Counselor (GPC), Mr. Marquis Jones, began working with Jimmy at the end of 9th grade when he had failed all of his classes. Jimmy shared that his sister was terminally ill.  Eventually, he stopped attending school to help pay bills. With the ongoing help of the GPC, Mr. Jones, Jimmy attended adult school and enrolled in on-line classes.  As his sister’s health declined, he dropped Adult School. Eventually, Jimmy returned to Fremont High School, played basketball and passed his classes.  Last month, Jimmy earned his High School Diploma. Today he is working and enrolling in Santa Monica College. Great job Jimmy! 
Thank you Mr. Jones for all your hard work!
 
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                                       Pupil Services Diploma Project
                                              Student Highlight
Graduation Promotion Counselor (GPC), Mr. Marquis Jones, began working with Jimmy at the end of 9th grade when he had failed all of his classes. Jimmy shared that his sister was terminally ill.  Eventually, he stopped attending school to help pay bills. With the ongoing help of the GPC, Mr. Jones, Jimmy attended adult school and enrolled in on-line classes.  As his sister’s health declined, he dropped Adult School. Eventually, Jimmy returned to Fremont High School, played basketball and passed his classes.  Last month, Jimmy earned his High School Diploma. Today he is working and enrolling in Santa Monica College. Great job Jimmy! 
Thank you Mr. Jones for all your hard work!
 
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                                       Pupil Services Diploma Project

                                              Student Highlight

Graduation Promotion Counselor (GPC), Mr. Marquis Jones, began working with Jimmy at the end of 9th grade when he had failed all of his classes. Jimmy shared that his sister was terminally ill.  Eventually, he stopped attending school to help pay bills. With the ongoing help of the GPC, Mr. Jones, Jimmy attended adult school and enrolled in on-line classes.  As his sister’s health declined, he dropped Adult School. Eventually, Jimmy returned to Fremont High School, played basketball and passed his classes.  Last month, Jimmy earned his High School Diploma. Today he is working and enrolling in Santa Monica College. Great job Jimmy!

Thank you Mr. Jones for all your hard work!

 

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Come visit the Grad Van at the 19th Annual Job Fair on March 29th!
On Saturday March 29th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 19th Annual Job Fair hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. This event will take place at Dodger Stadium from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources.
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Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 3/25/14
Come visit the Grad Van at the 19th Annual Job Fair on March 29th!
On Saturday March 29th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 19th Annual Job Fair hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. This event will take place at Dodger Stadium from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources.
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Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 3/25/14

Come visit the Grad Van at the 19th Annual Job Fair on March 29th!

On Saturday March 29th, the LAUSD Grad Van will be at the 19th Annual Job Fair hosted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. This event will take place at Dodger Stadium from 10:00 a.m.to 1:00 p.m.  Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselors will be there to provide students and families with information regarding the importance of attendance, LAUSD graduation requirements, and college and community resources.

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This program, event or activity is not presented, endorsed, recommended, supervised, approved or sponsored by the Los Angeles Unified School District.  The District assumes no liability or responsibility for any loss or injury arising out of participation and is merely permitting this material to be disseminated at this facility because of the possible interest of students and/or faculty.

Distribution Authorized:  Erika Torres, 3/25/14

McAlister High School Receives Over 13,000 Diapers!

Pupil Services- Pregnant and Parenting Teen Pilot Program

McAlister High School is an alternative continuous enrollment school for pregnant and parenting teens. The school is a small learning community which offers students from 6th to 12th grade personalized learning and a supportive, caring and academically enriched environment. While students are pregnant and parenting, they can complete classes and earn a high school diploma. In addition, students are offered Independent Study programs in the event their physical requires bed rest due to complications from their pregnancy or difficulty during their delivery. 

McAlister High School received 13,789 diapers (all sizes), bassinets and eighty-eight baby bottles donated by the Baby2Baby program. These baby necessities will be distributed to the teen moms at all four sites including: Central (Plasencia Elementary campus), Southwest (Hillcrest Elementary campus), Chatsworth High and San Fernando High campuses. 

Principal, Tara Thurston welcomed the items and stated the teen moms will have an opportunity to earn these baby necessities in an incentive program that will encourage and challenge them with academic achievement and attendance. In addition, McAlister (Central) has been assigned a new 3-day PSA Counselor from the Neglected, Delinquent Program, Dolly D. Harris, who will work diligently to improve the school’s attendance and provide support services. Special thanks to PSA Counselors Stephan Blustajn and Sonia Solis, who were instrumental in making the arrangements for the distribution.

McAlister High School is dedicated to providing a physically and emotionally safe environment for pregnant and parenting teenagers, while ensuring a rigorous academic curriculum which encompasses parenting strategies, life skills, access to community and career resources, all resulting in empowered students who become productive citizens and positive role models for their children. 

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              PSA Counselors Promote Attendance in Many Ways!

 PSA Counselors are both creative and resourceful.  In addition to promoting the importance of attendance, connecting families to overcome obstacles to regular school attendance, and training staff on attendance policy and law… they find multiple ways to motivate and recognize students who are meeting the attendance goal!  Amalia Rodriguez, ESC East PSA Counselor at Magnolia Elementary School, truly encompasses this multi-faceted identity.  Amalia identified groups that she wanted to acknowledge for their attendance achievement.  To address the District’s low kindergarten attendance rates, every 25th instructional day, Amalia gives students with proficient/advanced attendance small creative rewards, such as a watercolor page with paint.  The children really like the small prizes.  Amalia also recognized students who met the Performance Meter Goal for the first semester with a special certificate.  This semester, she is implementing new grade level banners.  She enlisted the assistance of the Parent Representative to create exciting banners. In addition to recognizing students meeting the target, Amalia has also identified chronically absent students and provided them individual incentive charts.  She checks in with them weekly and discusses the goal/goals and strategies to meet said goals.  Thank you, Amalia, for representing the wonderful work of Pupil Services staff!

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                                        CITY PARTNERSHIP

                                          Student Highlight

Read this great success story from our Pupil Services City Partnership Program!
On September 6, 2013, student Isabel T. was referred to PSA Counselor, Linda Garcia and the UCLA YouthSource Center by Belmont High School on Student Recovery Day.   UCLA YouthSource staff, along with Ms. Garcia, conducted a home visit to determine the reason for Isabel’s sister being out of school for over a year.  When Ms. Garcia and UCLA YouthSource staff arrived at the home, Isabel answered the door and advised that her sister was not available. Through the conversation, Isabel revealed that she was also out of school and expressed an interest in returning to obtain her GED and possibly her high school diploma.  UCLA YouthSource staff provided information on services that are available to out of school youth and invited Isabel and her sister to attend an orientation. 

On September 10, Isabel and her sister attended an orientation at the UCLA YouthSource Center and met with Ms. Garcia for an intake and academic assessment.  Ms. Garcia determined that Isabel only needed to complete 2 classes and pass the GED to obtain her high school diploma.  Ms. Garcia referred Isabel to Evans Adult School to complete the classes she needed for the adult high school diploma and referred her to the UCLA YouthSource Center’s WIA program.   Isabel was officially enrolled in the UCLA YouthSource Center on September 19, 2013.  

Once enrolled, Isabel diligently participated in the services offered by the UCLA YouthSource Center.  She attended a GED prep course almost every day and attended over two months of workshops, at least 4 days a week.  On October 30, 2013, Isabel took and passed the GED on her first attempt!        

Within a few weeks, Isabel was referred to the Work Readiness Certificate program, sponsored by Hire LA and also participated in a mock interview to prepare for the real world scenario.  The next day, Isabel received a job interview at H.R. Block and is currently participating in the second round of interviews.

Isabel plans to attend Los Angeles Community College in Fall 2014 and pursue a career in the healthcare industry.

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                                          Diploma Project

                 Student Highlight from San Fernando High School

Let’s hear from Jeffrey…How it’s all worth it in the end!

"My name is Jeffrey Reyes and I am 19 years old.  Just about the time my senior year at SFHS was about to begin, my family and I were faced with devastating news. 

My youngest sister, who was 2 years old at the time was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare type of blood cancer.  My father was the only source of income, as my mom had to quit her job to care for my little sister at the hospital.  Being the oldest of three, I felt the need to undertake the responsibility of getting a full time job to help out with the house expenses.  I never thought I would see myself, or even consider dropping out of school, as I always had good attendance and grades.  However, helping out my family financially was my first priority.

With all the help I received from my academic counselor, Ms. Herrera, RGPC, Ms. Josie Gallo-Aguilar, and GPC, Ms. Nancy Garcia both from the Diploma Project, I was able to continue with my schooling.  They developed a plan for me which consisted of an independent studies program at Options for Youth-Sylmar #1.  They also enrolled me in an North Valley Occupational Valley Adult School and take online classes in order to return to San Fernando HS and graduate with my class…. something that I wanted badly but did not seem possible.   It was really tough to juggle all this while working full time and dealing with my sister’s battle for her life. 

I want to thank The Diploma Project for believing in me and for having that mentality that “it’s never too late… you can do it”.  Now, I am left with this amazing memory of being able to graduate with my friends. My family and I are now able to enjoy my little sister who is now 3 year old… 7 months in remission since her bone marrow transplant.  

My message to anyone is that as much as life throws difficult situations at you, and that you might feel that life sucks at times, there is always a way to look at it on the bright side….you may not see it now but you will, eventually. So, don’t give up, keep working hard towards your goal. It will all be worth it at the end.” 

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