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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Building a Strong Foundation at Mendez Learning Center

This is City Year Los Angeles’ first year in high schools and I have the privilege of serving in one of them on the JPMorgan Chase Team at the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Planting Seeds of Success at Stevenson Middle School

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.”
-Robert Lewis Stevenson

Friday, December 7, 2012

Read to Succeed: Hollenbeck Middle School’s 25 Book Campaign

In an effort to motivate students to become life-long readers, Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights hosts a “25 Book Campaign” each year. The campaign asks students to read 25 books equaling a million and a half words in total throughout the school year.

Friday, November 30, 2012

The CYLA Civic Engagement Team: Making Los Angeles a Brighter Place for Students

My friends occasionally ask “You’re still with that nonprofit where you, like, mentor and tutor kids, right?” “Yeah, I’m still with City Year,” I’ll respond. “…Then why are you covered in paint?”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For Students at Normandie Ave. Elementary, Good Behavior Reaps Rewarded

In front of an audience of over one thousand elementary school students, two lines of corps members walked across the stage. The group given the role of “Good Kids” walked quietly across the stage with our hands behind our backs. The other half of my team, the “Bad Kids,” threw trash, talked, and pushed one another.