VIDEO: Washington Prep Student Tyki Nelworth Honored By Board of Supervisors

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honored Tyki Nelworth, a senior at Washington Preparatory High School, for his academic excellence and acceptance to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Read more about Tyki’s life and accomplishments in a feature article on the L.A. Times website.

California Legislative Black Caucus Youth Leadership Scholarship

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Youth Leadership Scholarship, established in 2009, is offering a $2,000 scholarship to youth attending any institution of higher education for professional, academic, or vocational training and development. CLBC’s primary goal in offering these scholarships is to increase the pool of young community leaders by assisting them financially and helping them pursue their educational and personal leadership goals.

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Vote Now To Bring President Obama to the Second District's Environmental Charter High School Graduation

The White House and the Department of Education recently named Environmental Charter High School (ECHS) as a finalist in a nationwide competition – for exemplifying the president’s 2020 goal that every high school student will graduate college ready.

ECHS is one of just 6 finalists from 1,000 applicants selected to compete in a run-off contest to have the President deliver its 2010 commencement address.

Help ECHS Reach The Final Three!

The public now has just 4 days to vote for and rate each finalist school – each of which is featured on the White House website.

The President will pick a national winner from the top three finalists, and has encouraged Americans to help choose the winner.

Public Voting for the Top 3 Finalists Starts Monday, April 26th at 5:00 am PDT, and runs until 8:59 pm PDT Thursday, April 29th.

To Vote for ECHS Online Go To:

Watch the 3-minute student-created videos online (ECHS is the 3rd video!). Rate each school on a scale from 1 to 5. A “5” goes to the school that best meets the President’s Race To the Top Commencement Challenge goals – providing an education where every student graduates college and career ready.

Business and Civic Leaders Save LAUSD High School Sports

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, Olympian Anita DeFrantz and several philanthropic foundations Thursday to announce a plan to preserve high school sports in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Unified School District was set to eliminate numerous school teams and cut coaching positions due to a $1.3 million reduction in its sports budget. But the LA84 Foundation, headed by DeFrantz, and McCourt quickly rounded up donors to keep student-athletes in the game.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will contribute $25,000 to the effort. “Losing high school sports teams could devastate communities in my district just as earthquakes, fires and floods do; the County steps up in natural disasters. This may be a different type of emergency response, but it is equally important to keeping neighborhoods safe and healthy.”

LAUSD officials said the total donations will pay the salaries of 700 coaches and preserve teams at 75 high schools across the district, in sports from football, to cross-country to water polo.

The Supervisor kicked off the news conference in the gymnasium at the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex downtown. Student athletes from several LAUSD high schools attended the event. In addition to heads of charitable foundations, representatives from the Chivas USA soccer team and Nike also announced their financial support.

The LA 84 Foundation, created following the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, was first off the line with a $252,000 grant in March. DeFrantz, a rowing Bronze medalist in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, then sought contributions from others.

McCourt said the Dodgers Dream Foundation would support baseball and softball programs. Steve Soboroff, chairman of the Weingart Foundation, said his organization would donate $150,000.

Ridley-Thomas, said he is especially gratified the funds will preserve sports at schools with which he has a personal history – Manual Arts, Dorsey, Fairfax, Crenshaw, Washington and Fremont High schools.

Ridley-Thomas is a Manual Arts graduate and was president of the senior class in 1972. While enrolled at Manual Arts, he also took German language classes at Dorsey and Fairfax, and was guided by mentors on the Crenshaw and Washington faculties. He met his wife, Avis Ridley-Thomas, when she was a student at Fremont High School.

During his college years, Ridley-Thomas taught reading at Manual Arts and also worked as the school’s assistant finance manager. Manual Arts is walking-distance from the University of Southern California, where the Supervisor earned his PhD degree.

Today Is Denim Day

Today is the 11 Annual Denim Day – a day to raise awareness and educate the public about rape and sexual assault. MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY WEARING JEANS. By doing so you:

– Send a message to survivors that you support them in their healing!

– Commit to become for educated about sexual assault!

– Break the silence surrounding sexual violence!

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