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The American Dream in LA High School Program

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The American Dream in LA high school outreach program seeks to prepare underserved and first-generation college-bound kids for college life. As inequalities of opportunity rise today, the zip codes into which kids are born increasingly determines their destines. The American Dream that kids can overcome background disadvantages and climb the socioeconomic ladder through hard work and education is fading. Based in the communities of Los Angeles, we work to renew the American Dream by offering educational opportunities to students who are the primary addressees of the Dream. Entering our third year, the ADLA program consists of seminars held by regional college and university faculty at participating high schools, a writing program, a book club where we read and analyze college-level texts, a scholarship program, and a mentorship network through which our students can connect with college students and professors from similar backgrounds. We also sponsor field trips to college campus, museums, performances, public lectures, and cultural centers around LA. Beyond aiding students in the college admissions process, our goal is to support them in the difficult transition to college life and learning. We strive to provide the range of resources students need to succeed in and make the most of their time in college. Perhaps most importantly, we encourage students to think about the value of their education and what they want from their time in college beyond a diploma. We believe that by highlighting the joys and rewards of learning for its own sake students will be not only more likely to thrive in college, but also to prosper after college and develop into lifelong learners.

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