African American Family Day 2015 was held on last weekend. The theme this year “Supporting Your Child’s Full Potential” focused on resources to prepare students for college and careers. The event in its 3rd year included keynote speakers, elected officials, vendors, workshops, high school & college panelists, college recruiters, breakfast & lunch for participants, giveaways, and many more resources.
The event was held at Hamilton High School….but included staff, students, alumni, family, and community members from other schools as well. Fairfax, University, Santee, Cheviot Hills, & Richard A. Alonzo High Schools. And Webster, Pio Pico, Audubon, Orville Wright, & Palms Middle Schools were also part of the 11 school collaboration. The one of a kind Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) partnership is an attempt to address the low numbers of students of color (especially black students) entering and completing colleges/universities.
While sitting in on a panel of college students the moderator asked the question “what is your best advice on how to study?” One college student said that they utilize the tutoring services offered on campus. Other students stated things such as reviewing notes on a regular basis (especially days before an exam), use study groups, circle important words and/or phrases in your notes, and recording a lecture as ways to study and prepare for tests. And finally, one student said that high school students should take advantage of college prep classes like Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), and read; read, read…..even reading non-school textbook materials will enhance a student’s vocabulary.
African American Family Day is a modest – but crucial attempt to increase college/university attendance by LAUSD’s black families, and other students of color. Studies have shown that when students of color do better in school (including higher education), it increases the number of all students who do better.
Special thanks to the 11 school Principals and their staffs for supporting such an event; African American Family Day Program Coordinator: April Monroe (Hamilton HS), Family Day Event Coordinator: Mitzi Connor (Noble Designs Int’l), Planning Committee Members, Presenters, Speakers, Hamilton H.S. Visual Arts & Communication Crew, Black Student Union (BSU) Presidents, Student Performers, Vendors, Families, and all others who supported this great event. Job well done!
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