St. John’s Launches Tdap Vaccination Campaign for Students

St.-Johns-LogoOn September 3rd LACEF partner, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, announced the following new health initiative to provide more than 400 students in the Compton Unified School District with critical preventative care.

Los Angeles – In partnership with the Compton Unified School District, St. John’s Well Child and Family Center will this week launch a Tdap Vaccination campaign for more than 400 middle and high school students. Free vaccinations and health screening will be provided at two St. John’s health centers in Compton: The W.M. Keck Foundation Health Center (15301 S. San Jose, 90221) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.

LACEF Recognized at Special Needs Network Camp JPAC Kickoff

SNN_JPACKickOffEvent2The Los Angeles County Education Foundation attended Special Needs Network Joe Patton Academy Camp (JPAC) Kickoff Event this morning where SNN recognized LACEF as a sponsor.

Special Needs Network Camp JPAC is a full-day summer camp program that focuses on developing and improving socialization, academic, personal growth, and communications skills through an enrichment curriculum that includes math, science, art, music, drama, and sports for kids with autism, development disabilities, and their typically-developing peers.

This year’s themes – BLOOM, GROW, SOAR – is a reflection of the belief that campers will benefit from this extraordinary journey of learning and enrichments as they revisit the historical legacy of the Harlem Renaissance period: the artist, inventors, poets, and writers.

This year LACEF will host a special pilot program for select campers at Blue Sky Meadow.

See more pictures from the kick-off event on LACEF’s Facebook page.

To learn more about LACEF’s partnership with the Special Needs Network, please click here.



LACEF Gifts 271 New Computer Monitors to Compton Unified School District

ComptonComputerMonitorsThanks to a donation to LACEF by World Cyber Games, LACEF gifted Compton Unified School District (CUSD) 271 new computer monitors. The monitors are for student use, in classrooms across the district.

Increasing access to technology in the classroom and providing students with the skills needed to be successful in today’s economy is a priority for CUSD, LACEF, and World Cyber Games.

The monitors were delivered at the end of June, and will be in use for the 2013-2014 school year.

Welcome Maneesha Maingot, LACEF’s Summer Fellow

Maneesha Maingot joins us as a Summer Fellow, on hand to learn and put her skills to use for the children and youth of Los Angeles County.

A native of Queens, New York, and graduate of Stony Brook University and George Mason University, Maneesha comes to LACEF as part of our partnership with Leadership for Education Equity. She is a special education teacher in Washington, DC, interested in learning more about education policy.

Maneesha will bring her experience teaching to her LACEF fellowship, where she’ll assist with the development of a school discipline policy brief. Maneesha is interested in the connections between discipline, health, and achievement.

We are delighted to welcome Maneesha this summer!

LACEF Endeavor Honors Successes in Health, Literacy, STEM, and Leadership

Thank you to the guests, sponsors, donors, Dr. Arturo Delgado (Event Chair), the Board of Supervisors (Honorary Chairs), school district leaders throughout Los Angeles County (Honorary Co-chairs), and the LACEF Board of Directors who made the LACEF Endeavor Reception on June 27th a stunning success.

Attendees were treated to a mastery of a uniquely American genre by the Compton High School Saxophone Trio featuring Adrian Dunn (12th grader), Jose Lazoma-Lopez (12th grader), and Hubert Whitmore (12th grader).

Guests heard two remarkable poetry presentations from student performers.  Grace McGrade a member of the Advot Project, amazed guest reciting “The Little Girl Who Lives in Me,” while Jesie Amaya, runner-up at the 2013 Los Angeles County Poetry Out Loud competition, wowed the audience with her recital of “Analysis of Baseball”  by May Swenson.

Tomorrow’s Aeronautical Museum shared hopeful words from future astronauts who are using STEM education to learn about the science behind aviation and to pilot planes, while Trash for Teaching and the STEAM Carnival’s interactive displays inspired guest to rethink what others overlook and ways to make learning fun and hands on.  Thoughts from Caine, of Caine’s Arcade, inspired a new sense of imagination and creativity leading to the announcement for LACEF’s newest partner, the Imagination Foundation.

Los Angeles’ elected and school leaders also lent their voices, all beneath the awe-inspiring Endeavour Shuttle at the California Science Museum.

Photos by Leroy Hamilton.


LACEF to Honor L.A. County Students for Achievements in Science, Math and Literacy at June 27 ‘Endeavor Reception’

The Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Education Foundation will honor a special group of L.A. County students for their academic achievements and extracurricular accomplishments in science, math and literacy during a fundraising reception this week at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion at the California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037) on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Kemoyia Jones, a teenager in L.A. County’s Probation school system will be honored for her poetry compositions.

Jesie Amaya, a junior attending Montebello Schurr High School, will be honored for her second-place finish in the county’s 2013 Poetry Out Loud competition.

Yeri Kim, a sixth-grader attending La Cresenta Valley View Elementary School, will be honored for her first place finish in the L.A. County Schools Spelling Bee.

The 15-member Torrance West High School Academic Decathlon Team will be honored for their second place finish in this year’s county competition.

Student musicians from Compton High School’s marching band will perform jazz compositions as the Compton High School Saxophone Trio during the event.

Funds raised from LACEF’s Endeavor Reception will be used to establish school health centers at L.A. County schools in underserved communities, provide financial support for specialized learning programs at the organization’s 8,000- foot, Big Bear Mountain-based ‘Blue Sky Meadow’ outdoor science camp for students and youth organizations.
L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas and Supervisors Gloria Molina, Zev Yaroslavsky, Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are honorary chairs of LACEF’s Endeavor Reception. L.A. County school district board members are honorary co-chairs of the event. Arturo Delgado, Ed.D., L.A. County Superintendent of Schools, is the event chairman.

The Endeavor Reception event will provide additional financial support for LACEF’s collaboration with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) to improve student literacy, promote leadership development and support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning efforts.

For more information contact and visit

Congratulations to LACEF Intern Ernesto Villasenor

ErnestoErnesto Villasenor is a native of Compton and has been putting his considerable talent to work for LACEF as an intern for the past year, working at the nexus of health and education. He was chosen last week to speak at the upcoming International Democratic Education Conference in Boulder, Colorado.

Ernesto credits his time at LACEF, saying, “I would not have received such honor if it weren’t for the advocacy and work that I have been a part of as an intern here at LACEF over the past year, and I cannot thank LACEF enough for this opportunity that was granted to this kid from Compton, CA.”

IDEC is a unique international gathering of changemakers—practitioners, organizers, academics, youth, and educators—built around how transforming communities, schools, and learning to ensure that all young people can engage meaningfully in their education and gain the tools to build a just, sustainable, and democratic world.

IDEC, now in its 21st year, is hosted by teams of educators from different countries and continents each year. This is the first time in ten years that it has been held in the United States. From Korea to Israel and Brazil to India, IDEC offers participants the space, prompts, and process to learn about the future and history of learning.

We are proud of Ernesto, a brilliant, hard-working, and deserving “kid from Compton, CA.” We wish him luck at IDEC.

To learn more about Ernesto Villasenor and IDEC, CLICK HERE

Endeavor Reception Celebrates Wins in Four Arenas: Health, Leadership, Literacy, and STEM

The LACEF Endeavor Reception Chair LACOE Superintendent Dr. Arturo Delgado, along with all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and school district leaders from across the area have joined LACEF to celebrate the people and programs making a difference for LA County’s students in four critical arenas:

  • Health: The link between academic performance and health is well known, and we will celebrate efforts to ensure every LA County maximizes their learning potential.
  • Leadership: People matter and none more than the extraordinary men and women who make up the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association; and we will proudly salute their commitment to public service and their exemplary leadership.
  • Literacy: Books, poetry, threatre, the arts all unlock a world of possibility that can in turn open the door to a lifetime of success, we will shine a light on the boundless creativity of young people.
  • STEM: Science, technology, engineering and math are the new fundamentals in education; and we will applaud efforts to support and inspire inovation and achievement.

Honorees will be announced soon.

To reserve a ticket or sponsor the LACEF Endeavor Reception, visit

Invitation to Endeavor Reception from Dr. Delgado, LACOE Superintendent

ArturoDelgado_HeadshotAs Superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, I am responsible for ensuring the financial and academic stability of our 80 K-12 school districts, serving more than 2 million children.

The County of Los Angeles is the nation’s most populous and diverse, presenting great opportunity and significant challenges. As a vital partner to LACOE, LACEF works to address the unique needs of underserved children, youth and families throughout the region.

I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of LACEF, and delighted to serve as Event Chair for LACEF’s Endeavor Reception, celebrating the people and programs that help make our schools work for our kids and our communities.

I invite you to join me, all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and leaders of school districts throughout the County in support of LACEF.

Thursday, June 27th, 6:30pm
Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Display Pavilion
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Details and registration:


Dr. Arturo Delgado
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

L.A. County School Board members to co-chair LACEF Endeavor Event on Thursday, June 27 at Space Shuttle Pavilion

May 28, 2013


Contact: Fred MacFarlane, (213) 369-8425

L.A. County School Board members to co-chair LACEF Endeavor Event on Thursday, June 27 at Space Shuttle Pavilion

LOS ANGELES, California – School board members from throughout Los Angeles County are signing on to co-chair a LACEF fundraising event on June 27 to support the launch and expansion of health centers at neighborhood schools in underserved communities, fund specialized science learning programs at a special mountain camp in Big Bear for students attending L.A.’s urban schools, and promote LACEF’s literacy, STEM and leadership development efforts.

Among the school board trustees and school district officials supporting the LACEF reception event are: Richard Vladovic, Trustee, Los Angeles Unified School District; Hugo M. Rojas, President, Board of Trustees, Centinela Valley Union High School District; 
Darin Brawley, Superintendent, Compton Unified School District; Helen Morgan, Superintendent, Hawthorne School District; Marisol Cruz, President, Board of Trustees, Lennox School District; Briseida Gonzalez, Clerk, Board of Trustees, Lynwood School District
; LaTanya Kirk-Carter, Interim State Administrator, Inglewood Unified School District
;Dr. Tom Johnstone, Superintendent, Wiseburn School District
; Bonnie J. Coronado, Trustee, Lawndale Elementary School District; and Dave LaRose, Superintendent, Culver City Unified School District.

The LACEF Endeavor Reception is chaired by Dr. Arturo Delgado, superintendent, Los Angeles County Office of Education. The event’s honorary chairs are L.A. County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Zev Yaroslavsky, Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich.

The LACEF Endeavor Reception will take place at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavor Pavilion at the California Science Center (700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037) on June 27 at 6:30 p.m.

For LACEF Endeavor Reception event sponsor and ticket information, go For information about LACEF’s programs for L.A. County children and teens, go to

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