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Citizens Business Bank commits volunteers and funding to the Mentorship Program

Citizens Business Bank reaffirmed its commitment to the Green Dot Public Schools Mentorship Program with a $15,000 donation to sustain and expand the program, in its second year. The financial institution also has four employees as mentors to 11th and 10th graders in Ánimo City of Champions High School in Los Angeles, including Jess Tirado, […]

Locke High School Students Advocate for Safer Streets along the Figueroa Corridor

Students at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy founded activism group Justice for Peace in response to street violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and suicide occurring along the Figueroa Corridor.  Locke English Teacher and Student Government advisor Sarah Bakker facilitates students discussion on the community, but she says students have taken on the role of […]

Concrete, Boards, and Life Long Lessons: How This Middle School Club Empowers Girls

At the heart of Concrete Queenz, an all-girl skateboarding club, is a community with life-long lessons on friendship, determination, and empowerment. Audrey Faison, who founded Concrete Queenz at Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School, created this space for young girls after recognizing many male-dominated skateboard programs. “This is their chance to learn this sport together, […]

Ánimo Jefferson Students Flourish in New Theater Club

At Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, Room 106 might seem like a regular classroom, but once the final bell rings, it turns into the Jefferson Theater Club: A place where students sing to their favorite music, work on wardrobes, set up audio, rehearse, and most of all, have fun.   This fall, the theater club brought […]

5th Annual Legacy Conference Calls for Proposals on Anti-Blackness

Green Dot Public Schools California is searching for presentation and workshop proposals for its 5th annual Legacy Conference. This year’s theme, which is “Disrupting Anti-Blackness: Creating Conditions for Learning in Which All Black Scholars Excel,” is inspired by conversations the network has had with students, teachers, and staff at its 18 school sites. Presenters interested […]

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