Help Stop Violent Crimes From Stealing Promising Futures of Eager Students
Young children are trapped and pinned by poverty in South Los Angeles, one of the most crime-riddled areas flowing with violence, prostitution, and addiction. The Green-Meadows and Watts neighborhoods consistently rank in the top ten for most violent crimes out of the 272 neighborhoods in Los Angeles. More than one in four households are raised by a single parent. The alarming poverty rate wreaks havoc on the educational outcomes of the children in these neighborhoods. At one local high school, 65 percent of students scored Below Basic or Far Below Basic in English-Language Arts on the 2016 California Standards Tests. When you combine this statistic with the one in the next sentence, you begin to see the boundless hopelessness these families grow up in. Students behind in reading in 3rd grade have only a 12-20 percent chance of ever catching up. It's been this way for 50 years.
Since 1990, Strive has been a lighthouse of hope amid the chaos in the crime-torn streets and schools of South Los Angeles. Through a proven educational model focused on academics and arts, Strive develops at-risk students from low-income families into self-reliant, responsible, and sharp young adults. One of the key components to Strive's program is its emphasis on grades K-12 test results—everything in the program is structured to help the students succeed in the classroom, which often means cultivating a wholesome character outside the classroom. Strive maintains high standards and helps students achieve these high standards through the formula "Healthy behavior... winning attitude... then Academics.
It's amazing what can happen to a student's grades in one school year. Strive's culture of ongoing assessment helps its instructors evaluate and continually improve their instruction to best assist students in reaching their highest potential. For example, out of the hundreds of kids that attended Strive in the 2017-2018 school year, there was a 69 percent decrease in students scoring an F in academic testing. In other words, most students entered Strive far below proficiency and at the end of the same school year, most students tested at or above grade proficiency.