Accolades

• Since the summer of 2001 the YMCA Youth Institute has served over 1,250 youth and has a 98% high school graduation rate.

• 85% of our graduated seniors attend a trade school, community college, public or private university.

• Long Beach Community College, Cerritos College, Cypress College, Compton College, College of the Redwoods,
Golden West College, El Camino College, Santa Monica Community College, American College and Mid-Michigan College
• UCLA, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbra.
• CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge, CSU Dominguez Hills, San Diego State Univ., CSU Los Angeles, San Francisco StateUniv., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CSU Bakersfield, CSU East Bay, Humboldt State Univ. and Cal Poly Pomona.
• Howard University, Jackson State University, Georgia Southern University, Smith College, Hawaii Pacific University, Drexel University, Gamblin University, New York University, University of Chicago, San Francisco Art Institute, Otis College of Design, California College of the Arts, Mt. Saint Mary’s University, Williams College, Northwestern University

• A National & International Recognized High School After School Program

• YMCA of the USA – National Model Youth Development Program
• YMCA World Summit – Hong Kong, Best Youth Program in the Western Hemisphere
• YouthLearn Website – www.youthlearn.org
• Apple Computers Website – http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/story.php?itemID=11775
• Fight Crime: Invest in Kids – www.fightcrime.org
• Featured after-school program in “American Youth Policy Forum” annual report, Washington DC. www.aypf.org
• Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) – www.sedl.org/afterschool/afterwords/
• A “Community Champion” – for the National American Graduate Initiative – Southern California PBS.
• Featured in “Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work: Best Practices for Integrating Technology and Service
Learning in a Youth Development Program.”
• Featured in “The Journal of Technology in the Human Services: Promoting Youth Development and Community
Involvement with Technology.”
• Featured in “The Child Adolescent Social Work Journal: Youth Perceptions of a Technology-Focused Social Enterprise.”

• National & International Trainers in Teen Digital Media Arts and Youth Development

• American Samoa Department of Education and Pacific eCommerce Development Center.
• California Department of Education – High School ASSET
• Los Angeles County Office of Education – High School after-school
• Young Peoples Project – Chicago, IL
• Marguerite Casey Foundation – Youth Development, Seattle, WA
• CSU Dominguez Hills – Teen Technology Camp
• After School University – Palm Springs, CA, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, TX, Honolulu, HI, Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA
• YMCA of the USA – Y-Arts National Filmmakers Voice: Anahiem, CA., Chicago, IL. & New York, NY.
• YMCA of Greater Long Beach – Camp Oakes, Digital Arts Camp
• Cambodia YMCA, Phnom Penh, Cambodia – Digital Media Arts & Youth Development & Team Building
• YMCA The Gambia, Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa – Digital Storytelling
• YMCA Youth Festival (YMCA World Alliance), Prague, Czech Republic – Youth Development & Digital Storytelling

• Individual Successes

• President Scholar – San Diego State Univ. – Ben F., Poly High School
• Smith College – Ivy League Women’s College – Michelle M., Poly High School
• Medical School – UC Irvine – Jerry N., Cabrillo High School, UCLA – Michael N., Poly High School
• Apple Certified Technician – Leonard S., Poly High School, Ross H. Milikan HS
• Helicopter Pilot – Certified Pilot & Instructor – Troy H., Millikan High School
• TED Fellow – Prum O., Poly High School
• 1st Generation College Students – 85% of all graduating seniors in the Youth Institute.

• Program Successes

• Social Enterprise Venture – “Change Agent Productions.”
A new Youth Institute business has been formed – Change Agent Productions (CAP). CAP’s services include digital movie making, graphic design, web design, technology set up and consultation for school districts, colleges and national non-profits. They even do AV for conferences! This social enterprise consists of three professional digital media artists who teach & mentor our Youth Institute participants 21st Century Workforce skills in technology by having them work on real world ‘paid’ projects for corporate clients. Within the last six years we have worked with over 150 clients, generated over $500,000 in revenue and have provided $300,000 in services to over 150 youth.

Note: All youth did not come to us as scholars, with our assistance & guidance we helped them navigate towards post-secondary education