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Spring 2015

“Without a struggle, there can be no progress” – Frederick Douglass

Hello YCSC family! CONGRATULATIONS for facilitating and completing another school year. More importantly THANK YOU for all your hard work!! Especially all of the teachers; you are the embodiment of what I define a hero on the front lines. I would like to take some time to acknowledge the tough year we had; we are all a part of the whole that creates YCSC. We are a community that works against the imbalances in education that upholds the unjust pillars of our society. Continue this fight throughout life and we will always be a community.

This newsletter will bring you some highlights from the months of April and May. Please grab some coffee or tea and enjoy the memories we are documenting. If you would like to be a part of the newsletter please email me at Send me your jokes, stories, and accomplishments to share with our community.

National Teacher Day takes place every year on the Tuesday during Teacher Appreciation Week, which is the first full week of May. Thank you to all our teachers that work to change the way we interact with students in the classroom. 


**  In 1944 political and education leaders discussed the need for a national day to honor teachers.

**  In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

**  Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day.

The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985, when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May.  The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.  National Teacher Day is an “unofficial” National holiday.

Speaking of wonderful teachers…

Help Ms. K, one of our amazing science teachers working at La Causa Youthbuild in East LA, raise money to teach her students computer science using Arduino learning kits- via

“Minorities, along with women, are under represented in STEM fields. I will use this equipment to introduce computer science, engineering and robotics to them. Together with a partner these students will get a glimpse of the rewards that can come from learning how to program.” – Ms. K

Our friends over at Project REBUILD Inc. in Ohio want to swapYouthBuild‬ t-shirts with some California YouthBuild programs. If you have a YouthBuild shirt you want to share with them, send it to: Project REBUILD, 406 Shorb Ave NW, Canton, OH 44703.So far one program from YCSC has contributed! Thank you RUTH YouthBuild for swapping shirts with Project REBUILD Inc. and getting a shot out on the their Facebook page.

 “Hey @ruthyouthbuild! Your shirt has a new home in Canton OH! Ours is on its way to you!#YouthBuildFamily


On Saturday, April 11th, YCSC, with sponsorship from Colocation America and additional support from Factual, hosted a 12 hour coding event called CODEchella at Los Angeles Trade Tech College. At the event, forty YCSC students worked in teams with technology mentors from local tech companies, including Factual, The Think Farm, NationBuilder, Second Spectrum, Tip’d Off, and OpenX to design websites for local clients. At CODEchella, students spent twelve hours designing websites specifically for local clients to help give back to their community. By working with their business clients to design a website that met their needs, the students had an opportunity to not only build their web design skills, but also their entrepreneurial skills. Clients included Miguel Medina of La Taquiza, Alisha Khan of Akhan’s Custom Cakes, and actress/poet Yazmin Monet Watkins. CODEchella created an environment for young people who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields to present their skills and work alongside tech professionals, who were also excited to give back to the community and work with the next generation of STEM leaders.

Congratulations to the 1st prize went to the website created for Yazmin Monet Watkins by students Bryan Medina and Andrew Montoya from Lincoln Heights.

YCSC plans to further expand opportunities in computer science and web design in the coming years to serve even more students. To see photos from the event, go to:
Free LA’s Fundraiser: Class of 2015

Meet FREE LA High School’s Class of 2015

Meet some of the stars of FREE LA High School’s Class of 2015: Noe Salazar. Rosalinda Rodriguez. Kevin Ramirez. Alba Barrios. Christopher Ayala. Miguel Lupian. Kelly Lazcano. Anneth Valenzuela.

These students are graduating from high school while also helping to support their families, getting up in darkness to get younger brothers and sisters to school, working hard to get off Probation or Parole, and crossing borders with cement walls and razor wire (whether those borders separate parents from children in foster care, incarcerated youth from opportunities outside, or separate families across national boundaries).  Some are raising their own children.  Some leave school to go to a full-time job at night.

All came back to high school – some with zero credits – after traditional schools pushed them out, suspended, expelled, arrested and even incarcerated them.  Even when teachers, principals, Probation officers, and even some family and friends told them that a high school diploma was not in their future, they dared to believe that it was possible. And now they are graduating, and, even more important, they are excited about what comes after graduation.

Most important of all, these graduates have accepted that their own progress is not enough and they have helped to lead work to dismantle the school to jail track, expose the inhumanity of conditions inside juvenile halls, jails and prisons and challenged police violence.

Take a few minutes to meet these graduates. And, if possible, make a donation to support the future graduates of FREE LA High School.


Congratulations on the engagement Aaron  and Irene!! Thank you for the amazing gesture of your love for each other and how it connects to supporting our students. This scholarship is a symbol that highlights the importance of education and your dedication to working towards a more just society. Best wishes on your wedding!!

“More than any other reason, students drop out of college because they have to work to support themselves and their families. In lieu of a diamond engagement ring, The Education Is Forever Scholarship was created by Irene Hsieh and Aaron Scholl to celebrate the lasting impact that education has on a person’s future. This scholarship will support YouthBuild graduates by reducing the economic barriers for college success and aid them in fulfilling their great potential as community leaders.” 

Here are some words from Aaron regarding the scholarship process:  

The fundraising campaign went really well. We were able to raise over $7,000 so far through the website thanks to the generous donations of friends, colleagues, and family. Council Member Curren Price made a very generous scholarship donation of $5,000 for CRCD Academy students who will be attending Los Angeles Trade Technical College next year. The Free Masons in Pasadena also donated $500. 

There were 21 people who applied for the scholarship, and we will be able to fund about half of that.  The winners will be announced early next week.”
NATIONALYOUTHBUILD WEEKApril 22 – April 28, 2015

On National YouthBuild Day – THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2015 – YouthBuild programs, students, parents, and graduates are stepping out together, stepping up to tell our stories and letting our collective light shine! Through visits to local congressional offices, letters from your local electeds, the posting of blogs and videos online, and Op/Eds in your local papers, we aim to help expand the American Dream to low-income “opportunity youth” across America.Our YCSC community took to the streets of Downtown Los Angeles chanting and holding signs that displayed a variety of options YouthBuild offers our young people. Below is a video of our students chanting “We are the YouthBuild, the mighty mighty YouthBuild”
Cardboard Boat Race 
Antelope Valley YouthBuild’s 3rd Annual Cardboard Boat Race featured two Algebra 1 classes building boats made of cardboard in order to study surface area, volume, buoyancy, and foster teamwork. Students designed their cardboard boats, analyzed them, then convinced staff members (somehow) to ride in their boats. The City of Palmdale was very gracious in allowing our students to use the pool for free this year. Math teacher James Tucker declared rider Josh Gutierrez, Andrew Bernardez, and Zero Moreno this year’s winners. 
Graduation season is coming up! Be sure to go out and support our graduates this year. If you’re interested in attending, please contact us at 213-741-2600. Our sites’ graduation dates are as follows: 

Slauson – 6/19/2015

South LA – 6/19/2015

Moreno Valley – 6/20/2015

Canoga Park – 6/22/2015
San Diego – 6/23/2015

Palmdale – 6/24/2015

Pomona – 6/24/2015

Norwalk – 6/24/2015

El Monte – 6/25/2015

Long Beach, San Pedro – 6/25/2015

Compton – 6/25/2015

Lennox – 6/26/2015

lincoln Heights – 6/26/2015

San Bernardino – 6/26/2015

East LA – 6/26/2015

Boyle Heights – 6/26/2015

Inglewood – 6/26/2015

Fresno – 8/11/2015

Save the Date!
Save the Date: To wrap up the year, CCEO YouthBuild is having a Growing Our Roots event to showcase student work. There will be presentations as well as work displayed around the room. Come on out to support our youth!

**CCEO YouthBuild’s Garage sale has been moved to the 20th of June!! It’s not too late to go and donate your used goods!**

Have anything in your home just laying around collecting dust? Why not bring it in to our friends at CCEO YouthBuild this week to donate for their Garage Sale event happening this Saturday!

Donations will be received throughout this week from 9 AM to 3 PM until Saturday. Some examples of what you can donate are “gently used” clothes, kitchen items, small appliances, collectibles, home decor, books, and anything that is in good shape. Donations are tax deductible. CCEO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can provide you with a record of your donation. Thank you in advance and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Ms. Lisa or Ms. Cristina at 310-225-3060.


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