Friday, March 11th, 2016

Next week, join us in supporting our students by entering to win amazing sports-themed prizes in our Hoops 4 Kids bracket game!

A Message from our Chief Program Officer, Gaudencio Marquez

This February, thanks to a partnership with CAA led by music executive Shannon Silber, we were able to take 75 middle school students from six different LAUSD middle schools on a weekend/overnight camping trip in Lake Hughes. Students engaged in fun activities – like rock climbing, ropes courses, team-building exercises, and group performances – that fostered new friendships, leadership skills, creativity, and a love of the outdoors. The weekend revolved around learning the 5 R’s: Respect, Responsibility, Reaching out, Reasonable Risk & Role Modeling. Students came back to their schools having conquered fears, with a newfound confidence, new friendships, and a greater understanding of their individual strengths. It was an amazing experience for all involved; as one student put it, “It was the best time I ever had.” We are very grateful for all the folks at CAA and Camp Lake Hughes who made this happen, and are very much looking forward to next year! 

– Gaudencio

Supporter Spotlight: Taylor Friend

Taylor Friend, a member of CISLA’s Professional Circle and a champion for our students, ran the L.A. Marathon this past month on our behalf and raised over $2,000 for the organization while spreading awareness about the work we do in Los Angeles. Congratulations on finishing the big race, and thank you for your amazing support, Taylor!

Community Partner Spotlight: L.A. Clippers Foundation

The LA Clippers have partnered with local youth organizations to assist with community based mentorship initiatives. The Mentorship Assist Zone supports local organizations with mentorship recruitment, student incentives, speakers, cultural experiences, and group outings. While the program supports all youth mentorship, it has a special emphasis on organizations serving youth in underserved communities and young men of color. In the past year, CISLA’s XY Zone has had over 30 students participate in the Mentorship Assist Zone activities with the Clippers. Students have had the chance to attend NBA games and also to meet players and coaches at the roundtable discussions held at their practice facility, joining in conversations with different members of the Clippers operation around leadership, teamwork and achievement. “The NBA players were so inspirational,” said Bryant, a student from Liechty Middle School. “I am just happy they sat down and talked to me. It made me feel very special.” And it is this sentiment that is shared by all of our students.

Save the Date!

CISLA’s annual celebration event will be held on Tuesday evening, May 24th in Brentwood. Contact Lydia for details about sponsorships: