On Thursday, June 23 we held our June orientation to welcome the CDF Beat the Odds® class of 2018. Staff opened orientation by engaging students, parents, guardians and mentors with fun icebreakers then transitioned with an overview of the history of the Children’s Defense Fund, its mission, campaigns and policy priorities. Students were briefed on program benefits which include academic support, college tours, college essay writing workshops, meet and greet sessions with college representatives, mentoring, and life skills development. All scholars and their families committed to take action by signing the CDF Beat the Odds Scholarship agreement form which states they are committed to actively participating, engaging, communicating and being present.
The Class of 2018 include: Edwin Morales-Palmdale High School (Palmdale), Nadia Chaparro-Los Angeles High School of the Arts (Los Angeles), Ana-Mariana Sotomayor Palomino-Belmont High School (Los Angeles), Mey Sok-Belmont High School (Los Angeles), Zy’Ere Hollis-Crenshaw Arts Tech Charter High School (Los Angeles), Jerry Goss-California Academy of Mathematics and Science (Carson),Jacqueline Martinez-Animo Watts College Prep Academy (Los Angeles), Ja’Nay Carter-Crenshaw Arts Tech Charter High School (Los Angeles), Kimberly Abarca- South Gate High School (South Gate), Marilynn Garcia- Huntington Park High School (Huntington Park).