|Qiana Charles (rear, center), Senior Community Liaison, Southern California Edison, with some of NATHA's Summer Progam participants, college interns, and Executive Director Celestine McFearn-Walker (far right).|
Forty (K-5) students participated in the STEM Summer Academy through a grant from Edison International. Twenty–five matriculating nineth graders and returning tenth grade PUSD students were recruited for the Community Health Promoters Internship Program. Intensive academic, personal and social development was achieved by all participants in an eight week enriching and "life changing" experience. In addition, twenty-five (9th-12th) students served as Youth Leaders in Action managing a Lemonade Youth-Lead Enterprise at Levitt Pavilion.
All students were provided opportunities to discover their individual talents and expand their vision as developing community leaders with support and mentoring from college interns from USC School of Cinematic Arts, UCLA, Stanford, Cal Poly, PCC, UC San Diego and University of Missouri. They guided students through college level multifaceted projects: Academic and College Prep workshops, Video Production projects, advanced STEM exploration, Writing Workshop and event planning and marketing.
Audrey Lau, a UCLA Public Health Major, utilized evidence based STEM curriculum developed by local scientist Dr. Tara Gomez-Hampton, facilitating increased awareness and understanding in practical application of science technique and terminologies using microscopes and other scientific equipment donated by San Marino Community Foundation.
Boris Zhang and Andrew Vasconcelles, USC School of Cinematic Arts students taught CHP how to write, shoot and edit their own Surrealistic video projects. "It has been great working with the students. Most internships you just sit at a desk all day, we had real projects to complete," said Boris.
Marilyn Travis, a Stanford University Junior and former PUSD student returned to NATHA as a second year summer college intern, providing students with academic counseling and individual college planning. "It's amazing to see how much students have matured in just one year. They're taking more responsibility and making plans for their future. I love it!"
Alexis Perrow, a new CHP member attends PHS in the fall says, "CHP has been very inspiring. The Pasadena Federal Credit Union helped me understand the differences between my needs and wants. I want to start saving now for college."
NATHA facilitated partnerships with over eighteen organizations which provided structured variety each day for all program participants. The STEM Summer Academy runs five days for seven weeks during the summer and included field learning trips. NATHA's continuing youth program support is now open for Fall Registration.
Community Health Promoters (CHP) participants provided 200 hours of community service hours this summer planning youth driven events, including a very successful National Night Out celebration on August 5th and the 11th Annual Lincoln Village Festival on Saturday, October 25, 2014.
For additional information or to get involved in this dynamic community movement contact NATHA at (626) 794-5889 or visit www.nathatrebuilds.org.
[The mission of NATHA is to create a community with a youth-centered perspective promoting self-sufficiency and enhancing individual capacity to advocate for and maintain a healthy, vibrant and safe community.]