GLAAACC Education Fund & Foundation hosts a college-prep course that provides youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates. This course is unique in that it leverages board members from companies such as Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas, Microsoft, JP Morgan Chase, etc to help students who have demonstrated strong academic potential and a commitment to success, but who have knowledge or opportunity gaps in reaching their potential.
Our course prepares students for the 21st century by fostering skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We also emphasize proficiency with technology, as its effective use is a requisite skill in higher education and the workplace. The course has a strong mentoring component that focuses not only on the mechanics of completing scholarship applications, but also goal setting, exploring careers, and succeeding once enrolled in college. Through engagement in our program students develop the skills, habits, attitudes, and expertise they need to become accomplished adults.
GLAAACC ED Fund mentorship program has the unique role of board members and community partners working with ed fund students to provide a solid support system and be a reliable trusted adult in the student’s life. Many of our students have not had a solid foundation or positive role model in their lives. Our goal is to develop long-lasting relationships between the mentors and the mentees. Individual goals are created to empower youth and to master life skills that enhance his/her future success in college and job readiness.
For two decades GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation has helped students achieve the dream of college. This program reflects the vision of the Chairman Gene Hale and his generosity and leadership in Los Angeles. As GLAAACC Education Fund and Foundation looks ahead to its next century, we celebrate the important continuity this program brings to our community and culture, as well as our shared values of leadership, responsibility and service. The Foundation has awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to students from at risk communities who are graduating with the skills, passion, and leadership experiences to help their home communities. With decades of GLAAACC Ed Fund scholars back in their home communities, it is fair to say their influence is helping Los Angeles thrive.
One of the Foundation’s signature events is the Annual Scholarship Awards Reception which awards $5,000 scholarships to deserving inner-city high school seniors from Crenshaw, George Washington Preparatory and Susan Miller Dorsey, Jordan high schools. The Foundation has had the honor of featuring prominent keynote speakers such as basketball legend & six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Los Angeles city Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John E. Deasy.