It is the goal to send 20-25 low income high school students on a trip to visit Southern California universities at no cost to the student’s family. The universities to be visited include UCLA, Whittier College, UCSB, Cal Poly, CSU Long Beach, USC, and Occidental University.
About Luis Valdez Leadership Academy
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) is a brand new charter high school in east side San Jose located in the Yerba Buena community. Under the management of the NHU Foundation, LVLA opened its doors to its founding class of freshmen in the 2[phone redacted] academic year.
Mission and Vision
Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA) is committed to providing a rigorous academic program designed to instill a lifelong passion for learning and to equip students with the skills for social and academic success at four year colleges, universities and local community colleges. Through an emphasis on visual and performing arts, a digital media curriculum and a culturally sustaining pedagogy, LVLA will graduate empowered young adults who are poised, confident, and articulate leaders. Through a focus on the Spanish language, for both native speakers and learners, LVLA students will use their education, bi-literacy and life experiences to create positive change in their own lives, their families and within their communities. Through leadership, excellence, responsibility and resilience, our graduates will make a positive impact on the East San Jose community and beyond.
Creating and Sustaining a College-Going Culture
LVLA is devoted to creating an environment where college is not only a possibility but the goal for all students. Many of the LVLA families are immigrants to the US and/or live far below the poverty line. In order to create and promote a College-Going Culture, exposure to all aspects of the college application and enrollment process are essential.
In its first Southern California College Trip, it is the goal of LVLA to send 20-25 high performing freshmen to visit and tour college campuses in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The students will learn about the application requirements and process for each of the universities as well as be exposed to the college environment.
Nearly all of the students attending the trip would be the first in their families to attend college. Without a role model in their immediate families to guide them on their path to a four-year university, trips like these are one of the few avenues that LVLA students have at a firsthand look of a college environment.
Any and all contributions can and will benefit LVLA in promoting its College-Going Culture.
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