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NAI is back to school and in the news

ABC News , Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, featured the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative, noting that students who graduate from the competitive program and are accepted to USC receive a four-year scholarship. The program provides mentoring as well as morning and weekend classes.

“Really, it’s six days of school for seven years, from 6th to 12th grade,” said Kim Thomas-Barrios, the program’s director.

The program was also covered by Los Angeles Times and CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV in two stories (second link here).


NAI scholars and LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia show up before sunrise on the first day of school.


NAI scholar shares the commitment required to succeed in high school.


ABC-7 reporter Christina Salvo interviews Eric Rhodes on his first day of 6th grade and as an NAI scholar.


Fox-11 morning news reporter Mario Ramirez shares broadcast insights with NAI scholars

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