Learn how neighborhood high school students join USC research labs. Every single student in the near quarter-century of the STAR program has gone on to a university or college.
A fifth-grade class assignment dramatically changed the life of Jonathan Ruiz and his family. Jonathan”s teacher at 28th Street School assigned his class to apply for admission to the flagship program of USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI). Through NAI’s Pre-College... Read more
“Not everyone can go to college, but they should all learn to read so that they can vote, can read a newspaper. If you can’t pass a fourth-grade reading test, how can you know what’s going on? It’s so basic. It’s being prepared to be a participating citizen.” JAMES REESE Former Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge"
The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC) honored USC with a 2013 Eddy Award for the university’s contributions as a leading research organization, its role as the largest private employer in Los Angeles, and its approval for the USC Village.
Gene Simmons once taught 6h grade in New York City’s Spanish Harlem, and on Thursday, November 7, he returned to the classroom and led a class of 60 Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) scholars.
Now that his dream of attending USC is a reality, Eduardo Mollinedo-Piñon is giving back to the young students at his former middle and high school, and mentored by Grammy nominated music conductor Vincent Womack, in the process.
At age 13, Jasmine Torres found herself on the streets of LA at Christmas with no roof over her head. She entered the county foster care system, and through years of committed schoolwork, was accepted to USC Dornsife. Learn about how the USC senior now helps other students with similar stories.