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YouthBuild Charter School of California promo video:

Our Founder/CEO Phil Matero’s “No child should leave a loser” TEDxYouthBuildCharterSchool talk

Advice for new students from a recent graduate:

Two R.U.T.H. YouthBuild members talk about the Mental Toughness process and how YouthBuild has changed their lives

 “Beyond the Walls,” featuring Aaron Scholl, video by Benjamin Brian Morris:

Domico Johnson, a 2013 graduate of YouthBuild Charter School of California from our site at Antelope Valley YouthBuild talks about how YouthBuild has transformed him and his community:

Truly inspiring speech from Irvin Barragan, a 2010 YouthBuild Charter School of California graduate from our site at the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps YouthBuild:

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 Our amazing Student Engagement Services team (pictured here, missing Isabel, who was taking the photo) is down in San Diego for #AAPF17 this week. If you’re there, be sure to go to their session on Student Engagement tomorrow at 8:30am!! #alternativeaccountability #AAPF #studentengagement #youthbuild #RAPSA #conference #hardatwork  Join @compton_youthbuild Compton YouthBuild in their new space for our Job and Resource Fair this Friday from 12pm-3pm! RSVP and let us know how many young people you can bring!  YouthBuild Charter School of California is still enrolling, and we have open enrollment all year long! If you are 16-24 years old, need your high school diploma, and live in or around the following areas, please give us a call or text at 213.741.2600 to find out how you can drop back into school and get your diploma and construction job training for FREE! We have 20 campuses in: Avalon Blvd. (South Central) Bakersfield Canoga Park Compton Culver City Desert Hot Springs East LA El Monte Fresno Gardena Hollywood Inglewood Moreno Valley Norwalk Palmdale Pomona San Bernardino San Diego South LA at LATTC South LA at APCC #youthbuild #getyourdiploma #backtoschool #itsnottoolatettograduate #highschool #youthdevelopment #constructiontraining #ycsc #nowenrolling #pleaseshare  If you're 16-24, need your diploma, and live in Canoga Park, West Hills, Chatsworth, Northridge, Winnetka, Porter Ranch and the surrounding areas, check out RUTH YouthBuild at 7227 Owensmouth Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303. Now enrolling! Call 818-704-7884 today to get started. Not only can you earn your high school diploma for free, you can also get job training in construction and health care, leadership development, counseling services, and more! #itsnottoolatetograduate #youthbuild #canogapark #sanfernandovalley #diploma #nowenrolling #backtoschool #youthdevelopment #ycsc #Repost @ace4youth (@get_repost) ・・・ Let's work together to make this YOUR year! You can get that high school diploma at a creative program that works for you! Call to enroll today! 818 704 7884 #ruthyouthbuild #youthbuild #highschool #learn #grow #career #employment #ace #ace4youth  YouthBuild Charter graduates Saul, Montez and Beatriz of our Alumni Executive Board presented at our Hollywood campus during Mental Toughness today. They even spotted our ads on the Metro while on their way to present! We love having our alumni come back and share their experiences with new students. If you are 16-24, live in Hollywood and need your high school diploma, check out our brand new Hollywood campus at Home Sweet Home YouthBuild, located at the Salvation Army on Hollywood Blvd. Call or text 213-741-2600 to learn more! #ItsNotTooLateToGraduate #YouthBuild #YouthBuildCharter #hollywood #diploma #dropbackin #enrolltoday #metrolosangeles #gometroLA #losangeles #mentaltoughnesstraining #youthdevelopment #youthbuildalumni #youthbuildgrad  Youth are currently completing Mental Toughness Orientation at our Palmdale site at Antelope Valley YouthBuild. Today, they are participating in a community scavenger hunt. Let us know if you spot any of our young people out in the Palmdale community today? So happy to finally be back to school!! There's still time to enroll at our 20 campuses. Call or text 213-741-2600 to find a location near you!!! #youthbuild #mentaltoughness #mentaltoughnesstraining #orientation #backtoschool #palmdale #antelopevalley #lancaster #avyb #dropbackin #itsnottoolatetograduate #getyourdiploma #communitybuilding #assetmapping #scavengerhunt #ycsc #youthbuildcharter #educationnotincarceration  We had a fantastic time last Friday at our dinner for the CODEchella Scholarship presented by @colocationusa. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients Amber Duron, Amy Vargas, Brandon Hernandez, Eduardo Perez Leon, and Saul Castano. Thanks to our mentors Emma, Eric, Gabe, Ian, and Rebecca for supporting our amazing CODEchella alumni as they pursue their college degrees in STEM fields. Can't wait to check in on their progress!!
 Our Art andEnglish teacher at @sgvccorps, Ms. Learsi Martinez, took a group of her students to Olvera St. to celebrate Día de Los Muertos last week. The trip was meant to help her students who have experienced trauma or lost someone close to them. Prior to the trip, students created alters to help them honor those close to them who had passed away. Learsi was one of 50 teachers who received a grant from @lapromisefund and @pstinla to bring Latin American and Latino arts education to her students. She will use the funds to present her students’ work later this year. @kpcc did a great story on Learsi’s trip that you can check out on their website. Great work, Learsi! #diadelosmuertos #dayofthedead #ELA #artclass #fieldtrip #weloveourteachers #olverastreet #artishealing #art #elmonte #sgvcc #youthbuild #youthbuildcharter #ycsc #projectbasedlearning #alters  Students, family, and staff! Join us in this incredible event with Walking Waters and The Audubon Center!  On Tuesday, 10/3, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science hosted YouthBuild Charter School of California for an MOU signing ceremony. This MOU is a huge opportunity for us to get more of our graduates into a 4-year university. The ceremony included a tour of the university, where students and staff had a chance to learn more about their undergraduate program and degrees, such as AS and BS in Radiologic Technology, BS in Urban Community Health, and BS in Biomedical Science. As part of the MOU agreement, Charles R. Drew admitted 12th graders and provided early admission to 11th graders who had a GPA of 2.0 or higher and who brought their transcripts to the event. There was a total of 46 YouthBuild Charter students and graduates present from 5 different sites (including @sgvccorps, @freelahigh / @youthjusticela, @youthbuild_fodl, @newearthlife, and Mary B Henry YouthBuild), and 26 students that participated in the Instant Admit process. Students who received an Instant Admission into the University on 10/3: 1. Yasmeen Summerlin- BS Urban Community Health 2. Darlene Lopez- BS Urban Community Health 3. Brenda Lanestoza- BS Urban Community Health 4. Kimberly Torres- BS Urban Community Health 5. Andrea Perez- BS Urban Community Health 6. Emily Jacinto- BS Biomedical Science 7. Kyla Rivera- BS Urban Community Health Students interested in the RN to BSN program. (These students attend community college and then enroll in the concurrent BSN program at CDU after their second semester) 1. Shannon Leslie- RN to BSN 2. Destiny Johnson- RN to BSN Congratulations to all of these students on their acceptance!! #youthbuild #youthbuildcharter #charlesdrewuniversity #futuredoctors #collegebound #ycsc #collegeacceptance #postsecondaryeducation #collegeprepnotprisonprep  Hosted a great community BBQ and car wash for our new Gardena campus at @newearthlife YouthBuild, 13000 Van Ness Ave. on Friday. It was a great way to introduce ourselves to the community, give out free food, and recruit new students. If you know of anyone ages 16-24 and living in the Gardena area who needs their diploma, have them stop by or call 424-361-7717! Hoping to host another BBQ this Friday as well.  #gardena #youthbuild #youthbuildcharter #ItsNotTooLateToGraduate #communityBBQ #getyourdiploma #communityoutreach #Hawthorne #Lawndale #freediplomaprogram #educationnotincarceration #newearth #unstoppable  It's Friday!!!! A big congratulations to all the young people who passed Mental Toughness. Welcome to YouthBuild Charter! Were so happy to have you! #Repost @ace4youth (@get_repost) ・・・ Mental Toughness is still going strong! It's not too late to drop back in and get that high school diploma! Call to enroll today! #ace4youth #ruthyouthbuild #youthbuild #highschool #diploma #dropbackintoschool #ycsc #itsnottoolatetograduate #youthbuildcharter #MTT #orientation #mentaltoughnesstraining  Mental Toughness/ Orientation is already underway at our South LA and Fresno sites, and school starts on September 5th for our 17 other campuses. Best of luck to all of the young people who made the decision to #dropbackin to school this year! Mental Toughness isn't easy, but we know you got this!!! P.S. We have open enrollment all year round, so if you haven't enrolled yet, call or text 213-741-2600 today! #YourhBuild #MTT #mentaltoughnesstraining #orientation #backtoschool #youthbuildcharter #YCSC #motivation #everydaymona #unofficialschoolmascot #woof #notdropouts #itsnottoolatetograduate  Our back to school ads are now on Metro. Snap a photo and tag us if you spot one!! And be sure to tell your friends #ItsNotTooLateToGraduate. School starts on September 5th. Visit youthbuildcharter.org or call/text 213.741.2600 to learn more about our FREE project based education program for 16-24 year olds.
 Our Mighty Morphin VISTA members are hard at work serving their community today. Happy Halloween, YouthBuild family!!! Students and staff, send us your Halloween pics and we will share them with the whole YCSC network.  #happyhalloween #youthbuild #americorps #americorpsvista #powerrangers #YCSC #halloween2017 #serveayear #volunteer  Our Canoga Park site is hosting a $10 car wash for disaster relief this Saturday from 11-2! #Repost @ace4youth (@get_repost) ・・・ This Saturday help our students raise funds for students who have been negatively impacted by the recent hurricanes and earthquakes and get your car cleaned at the same time! $10 between 11:00 am -2:00 pm 10/21/17 #hurricanerelief #earthquakerelief #ruthyouthbuild #allianceforcommunityempowerment #carwash #thissaturday #mexicocity #houston #tampa #floridakeys #puertorico #fundraiser  Graduate Spotlight: Irvin Barragan Irvin Barragan is a 2010 graduate of YouthBuild Charter School of California, at the San Gabriel Valley Conservation Corps (SGVCC). There, he earned his NCCER, CPR/First Aid, and photovoltaic installation certifications. He also became qualified as a Bobcat driver and a forklift operator. Now, Irvin works as a firefighter at Six Rivers National Forest serving with the National Forest Service. Irvin has always been interested in firefighting, so he asked current firefighters to mentor him in applying, which eventually led to a phone interview and a job. Irvin now enjoys working as a firefighter – even though the days are long and “something that you have to learn to love,” he says that protecting people and the environment is worth it. In his day-to-day work, Irvin works to keep everything stocked and functional on the engines, responds to fires, and is in the process of developing his own workshop to help youth in the criminal justice system experience nature conservation. For those beginning their YouthBuild journey and thinking about firefighting or other green careers, Irvin reminds them to “choose the hard right over the easy wrong - you can’t cut corners when fighting fires, or in your personal life.” If you are a YouthBuild student or alumni interested in a career in firefighting or environmental/green careers, let us know and we'd be happy to connect you with Irvin. #OnceinYouthBuildalwaysinYouthBuild #GraduateSpotlight #SGVCC #SoProudofOurGrads #youthbuild #youthbuildcharter #youthbuildalumni #firefighter #successstory #elmonte #sangabrielvalley #waytogoIrvin  What do we want? . . . ✔️Education not incarceration ✔️Jobs not jails ✔️College prep not prison prep ✔️Invest in youth not prisons #youthbuild #ycsc #inglewood #youthjustice #jobsnotjails #educationnotincarceration #collegeprepnotprisonprep #youthactivism #communityorganizing #youthbuildcharter  Emily spotted our ad on the Metro Red Line on her way home from the Ram's game this past Sunday. If you see our ad, tag us. And be sure to tell your friends who need to earn their diploma to call or text 213-741-2600 to drop back into school! We are still enrolling! #ItsNotTooLateToGraduate #backtoschool #YouthBuild #YouthBuildCharter #MetroLosAngeles #MetroRedLine #DropBackIn #GetYourDiploma #nowenrolling  We've been so happy to host @georgiavanc and @artsbridgegap at our YouthBuild Charter HQ office this week. An enormous THANK YOU to Georgia Van Cuylenburg for raising over $25,000 on our school's behalf to pay for the cost of training 25 of our teachers to utilize @harvard's Pre-texts Training in their classrooms. Four fantastic Pre-texts facilitators are wrapping of the five day training today. You can learn more at www.artsbridgingthegap.org and www.pre-texts.org. #teachertraining #education #artsineducation #pretexts #harvard #artsbridgingthegap #youthbuildcharter #YCSC #youthbuild #thankful