Award Given to Innovative Program

The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Road to Success Academy, which serves young women who have been arrested and detained in juvenile camps, has won a prestigious award for its innovative and sustainable teaching program at Camp Scott-Scudder in Saugus, L.A. County’s only juvenile probation camp for girls.

The Golden Bell Award, given by the California School Boards Association, noted that the program is improving educational outcomes for a high-risk student population by teaching hands-on learning and focusing on themes that address both academic and mental health needs.

Launched in 2010, the Road to Success Academy implements projects in the classroom and special activities that promote self-esteem and empower young women to make positive choices and behavioral change. For example, in the summer, the young women built solar cookers to learn about scientific and mathematic concepts, as well as to assist women in Africa who ultimately will use them. In addition, when they learned a modern day lesson about genocide facing those women and the general population in Darfur in the Sudan, they also held a walk-athon to help benefit refugees.

“We are honored the Academy has been recognized as an exemplary program with this coveted education award,” said LACOE Superintendent Arturo Delgado. “Earning the Golden Bell validates our approach as a promising model of instruction and intervention for our most troubled students.”

Delgado aims to implement this successful approach throughout LACOE’s Juvenile Court Schools, which serve at least 1800 incarcerated and at-risk youth daily at 13 sites countywide.

Read more about the award-winning Road to Success Academy at Scott-Scudder by clicking here.