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The Earl Skip Cooper Foundation is dedicated to providing young people with
youth resources and support to reach their full potential. Our mission is to ensure that
young people have access to the education and services they need to succeed in life.

Here’s How Students Can Make Summer Productive

Now is a great time for students to prepare plans for the summer. provides information on many resources that can support a student’s educational and personal journey.

Looking for an Internship Program?

Internships provide an opportunity to gain experience in an industry of interest and enhance your knowledge and skills. Make a list of companies that interest you, attend career fairs, and network with family and friends to find out about potential opportunities.


Summer Programs

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649 W. 34th St. Suite 108, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1627

USC Summer Programs provide outstanding high school students with the opportunities to “balance academic and campus life as they prepare for college.” The program offers 4-week summer courses which are taught by USC faculty and professionals of the USC academic community. Courses include lectures, hands-on workshops, labs, and guest speakers. Information about tuition, the application process, dates, and other details are available online.

The Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) enrolls over 90 local high school students and seeks to support them in preparing for admission to selective and highly selective colleges and universities.  PAYS scholars engage in a thought-provoking combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects, and field trips during the intensive 4-week program as well as throughout the academic year.

PAYS serves rising sophomores through rising seniors from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education — students who are first in their family to attend college; from low-income families; and from African American, Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander, and/or part of other underrepresented racial or ethnic groups.

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UCLA Campus, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 

“Summer Discovery is a pre-college enrichment program for high school and middle school students that combines academics with fun, activities, and sports.” Students learn about college life while taking courses taught by university faculty. Summer Discovery has been hosting students for 53 years now. Courses are offered in business, sports, screenwriting, acting, and leadership. Students may select 2, 3, 5 or 6-week programs. Information on program dates, tuition, and the application process is available online.


9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Summer of Art at Otis College of Art and Design is a program designed for high school students aged 15 and older. Students “build and develop creative and artistic skills while exploring a specific medium or aspect of art and design.” Classes are small and include hands-on studio courses and labs. 

Engineering Possibilities in College

EPIC is open to all rising 6th-12th graders. The program’s primary goals are to attract more female, first-generation, and low-income students to the field of engineering and inspire them to choose it as a career path. However, ALL students are welcome to apply regardless of background. Acceptance into EPIC is based on the essay you write and an indication (from your GPA, the classes you have taken, extracurricular activities, etc.) that you have applied yourself to your studies.

The EPIC program does its best to determine which students will gain the most from the program. Requirements for the virtual program: Students must have access to a computer, reliable internet, and a non-school district-issued email address.

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By:Wendy Kennar


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Access thousands of exclusive scholarships across hundreds of categories, all available only on Browse the categories below to find the perfect scholarship for you.

Ray Charles Foundation Reinvests
$1M in Neuro Scholars

Building on its visionary investment in Cedars-Sinai’s neurosurgery scholarship program, The Ray Charles Foundation has donated a second gift of $1 million to support critical training and research to advance the neurosciences.

The Ray Charles Foundation Scholars Fund in Neurosurgery is overseen by highly respected neurosurgeon Keith Black, MD, chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and the Ruth and Lawrence Harvey Chair in Neuroscience.


Valerie Ervin, president of the Ray Charles Foundation, stands beside a  photo of the music legend at the foundation headquarters in Los Angeles. (Cedars-Sinai)

EDUCATION LOCAL - NEWS                                                                     Sentinel News Service   June 15, 2023

L.A. Urban League Celebrates Black High School Graduates


At right is Ambassador Michael Lawson, LAUL CEO/president (Courtesy photo)

The Los Angeles Urban League in conjunction with Black College Success held its 2023 Los Angeles County High School Graduates Celebration on Friday, June 2, at California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The free event was a celebration of Black students whose graduations are sometimes just seen as just another education statistic.  It was a resounding success.


More than 400 individuals, including parents, family members, friends, politicians, California education officials, were present to honor the students.  Ambassador Michael Lawson, LAUL president and CEO, and Jamecca Marshall, LAUL vice president of Programs, presented the students with monetary awards on behalf the Los Angeles Urban League.

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Get Connected LA

Low-cost internet services and computers for Angelenos distance learning, working remotely, job hunting, or staying connected while 'safer at home.'

Get Connected Los Angeles

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YouthSource Centers

YouthSource Centers help kids 16-24 years old complete diplomas, go to college, get mentoring, train for stable employment and get jobs.

Find a YouthSource Center

LA Youth at Work

If you are between the ages of 16 and 24, our workshops will teach you what employers want and provide practice interviews with professional mentors.

LA Youth at Work

Hire LA's Youth

Hire LA’s Youth will help you prepare for a summer or year round job. We will help you write your resume, practice interviews and learn how to manage the money you will be earning.

Hire LA's Youth

Youth Job Seekers

Hire LA's Youth applicants can attend online job trainings to help build a profile, upload a resume, and apply for the right job with just one click!

ZipRecruiter + Hire LA's Youth

EWDD’s network of 14 YouthSource centers provide young Angelenos ages 14 to 24 years the support

and resources they need to succeed in school and life.

The centers are strategically located in the City’s underserved neighborhoods. Services and programs are offered in multiple languages.

The YouthSource programs are designed to help young Angelenos who are not in school and not working find the classes

they need to graduate, get on the path to receive a high school diploma and pursue higher education.

There are also opportunities for paid internships, occupational skills training and job readiness programs.

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College Resources


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and Scholarships Registered Student Application!

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2023-2024 College Corps Fellows

Join thousands of students across the state in making a difference in your community while earning money to help pay for college.

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Regain focus while studying, because it will only burn you out in the end. College students’ attention spans are substantially declining after the effects of COVID and the rise of social media platforms with 10-60 second videos as content. There is no question that students today have the world’s answers at their fingertips, but with this potential knowledge comes a potential distraction.

While phones may be the root of this distraction, studies show that students may experience a lack of focus due to overcompensating during their study time.   Read Full Article>>

Entrepreneurs under 20

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Meet Kheris Rogers

Kheris’ mission is to empower confidence with her clothing line Flexin’ In My Complexion, which she was inspired to create after being teased for her dark complexion in school in Los Angeles.

“Beauty has nothing to do with the outside,” Kheris said. “It has to do with your inside by being nice, smart, creative. Being beautiful means confidently knowing that you’re enough just the way you are. When I look at myself in the mirror, I say nice things like, ‘I am smart. I am kind. I am confident.’ It’s empowering.”

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Meet Gabby Goodwin

Meet our 15-year old CEO, GaBBY, and her mom, Rozalynn, our Founder.

Nobody likes losing things they love. When then 7-year-old GaBBY and her mom Rozalynn realized that GaBBY’s favorite barrettes were disappearing faster than they could be replaced, they invented the first and patented Double-Face Double Snap Barrette.

The information herein is from various sources. ESCF is not responsible for, or guarantees any outcome for content. 

ESCF strongly  encourages the reader to check the content thoroughly for its validity

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