Take Action Campaign
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LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch Take Action Leadership Campaign (TAC) is a collaboration of high schools, afterschool providers, and community organizations within Southern California united around a common desire to give students leadership skills, celebrate the arts, serve our communities, and empower students to mentor their peers.
Take Action is currently developing successful student leaders within the after school programs at 32 LAUSD high schools. EduCare Foundation, working in collaboration with community based organizations, !Mpact People and arc, manages and coordinates TAC that annually involves over Los Angeles 40,000 high school students. Each year, Take Action has grown to involve more and more schools. Starting in summer and continuing throughout the school year, high school students participate in a wide variety of after school activities that include social actions on campus and in the community, talent shows, mentoring at middle schools, camp retreats, college tours, and immersion in science, technology, engineering and math. In short, excellent preparation for college and careers.
“The Campaign builds on Beyond the Bell’s considerable track record of success with after school programs,” said Alvaro Cortés, Los Angeles Unified School District’s Assistant Superintendent. “The Take Action Campaign does a world of good in developing student leaders and fostering workforce readiness on a platform built on mutual respect.”
Youth leaders are trained in human relations, leadership, and project management through a series of one-day workshops and weekend retreats. The training opportunities are designed to mix students from different campuses and areas of the city to promote their understanding of being part of a larger movement. The result of the training is a core group of several hundred high school students who have developed the skills necessary to develop and run activities at individual schools and district wide events.
The Take Action Campaign concludes each May with a culminating event for 2,000 students held on the New York City lot at Paramount Studios (LA). The event provides a venue for the students who participated in TAC at their school to showcase student artists and celebrate the year’s accomplishments through diverse arts competition and video presentations of school service events. The culminating event reinforces the sense of community among our students.
Research and evaluation of the effects of the Take Action has shown significant increases in school attendance rates and standardized test scores.
Core funding is provided through a grant provided to participating schools through Title IV Safe Schools, Anti-Drug funds and a Federal 21st Community Learning Center grant.
The Take Action Campaign is a true collaborative effort by EduCare Foundation, arc, !Mpact, and LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch. In November 2010, the four partnering organizations were awarded with the “Innovation in High School After School Collaboration and Partnerships” award by the California Afterschool Network.
If interested in establishing a Take Action Leadership Campaign specifically tailored for your school district, please contact the EduCare Foundation at:
(818) 646-5220 or firstname.lastname@example.org