South Los Angeles youth to compete in Thinkfinity Bowl Academic Championship
KJLH Radio personality Adai Lamar to emcee
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Four teams made up of youth from 13 middle and high schools in South Los Angeles will compete Friday in an academic showdown in the Thinkfinity Bowl Championship.
The Thinkfinity Bowl Championship is the culmination of a 16-week academic competition for underserved upper elementary, middle and high school youth in South Los Angeles. A coalition of local community organizations, including Brotherhood Crusade, the EXPO Center and the African American Unity Center, is behind the program. Funding is provided through $125,000 in grants from the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon. The event will be held at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center located at 4718 W. Washington Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Also in attendance will be actor/community activist William Allen Young, executive director for the African American Unity Council Charisse Bremond, SEIU ULTCW president LaPhonza Butler, artist, community activist, and editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel Joseph Simmons, and Gene Eng vice president-strategic programs of Verizon.
Founded in 1968, the Brotherhood Crusade’s principal mission is dedicated to building and sustaining an institution that raises funds and resources from within the community and distributes those funds directly back into the community. Brotherhood Crusade has a history of building alliances with other organizations, corporations and foundations of good will that are committed to and understand the tremendous need for helping our community and people grow and prosper.
Los Angeles police say two suspects have been arrested for the murder of 5-year-old Aaron Shannon, and are being held without bail. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, was taken into custody today (Friday) about at 2:10 a.m. at an apartment in the 200 block of West. 27th Str. Marcus Denson, 18, was arrested Thursday evening by Sheriff’s deputies in the 1100 block of East 83rd Street. Law enforcement officials say both suspects are active gang members.
The Los Angeles Unified School District board voted Tuesday 5-2 to adopt the School Climate Bill of Rights, which consists of a resolution that bans “willful defiance” suspensions and directs LAUSD to enact common-sense approaches to school discipline and expand programs that support all students in becoming healthy, thriving adults.
David Starr Jordan High School sits smack within one of America’s best known ghettos—Watts. In the past, most of its students have consistently performed on par with the ambience of their surroundings.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Los Angeles Unified School District needs critical reform in teacher evaluation, tenure and teaching assignment policies, according to a national study of the district released today.
The National Council on Teacher Quality, a nonpartisan, privately funded research organization based in Washington, D.C., studied five key policy areas—staffing, evaluations, tenure, compensation and work schedule.