In 2012, GREEN introduced a 30-week after school Science Academy (SA) focusing on Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics, which introduces 4th – 6th elementary-aged children to the sciences, with the stated objective to help students develop an interest in STEM subjects. The curriculum is based on best practices that will introduce science activities and better prepare the students for academic success. The mentors are selected from a pool of undergraduate/graduate and medical student volunteers from UCLA and UC Irvine. The Science Academy, through its science curriculum and youth mentorship program, thoughtfully develops elementary school students in an under-resourced environment to improve their learning outcomes and future achievement.
In addition, ALMA has implemented a youth fitness program to help scholars academically. Evidence has proven that through active sports engagement, youths improve their memorization, learning, problem solving, teamwork, communication, boost self-esteem, reduce stress, and goal-setting skills. Given its success, we then developed a pipeline so that we could ensure the student’s success from elementary school to college. Our ALMA pipeline includes ALMA Science Academy, Middle School Science Academy and the High School Scholars Program (HSSP). The Middle School Science Academy focuses on engineering and robotics and includes physics and chemistry. HSSP is a college mentorship program geared towards preparing our students for college with one on one mentorship throughout their high school careers.