OUR RESOURCE CENTERS
When a student walks through the doors of a Learn4Life Resource Center, they are greeted by name and welcomed into a large, open classroom with one-on-one teacher interactions, open computer stations, quiet study desks and tutors waiting to help. It is a classroom unlike any other — and it comes with a high rate of success. Because we offer students an individualized, flexible learning experience, we hold them responsible for their education, and they live up to the challenge.
TRANSFORMING CALIFORNIA’S AT-RISK STUDENTS
In 70+ Resource Centers throughout California, we’re helping tens of thousands of at-risk students regain their sense of hope for the future. Every dropout saved represents hundreds of thousands of dollars funneled back into our economy and a noticeable impact on our communities’ public safety¹.
A SCALABLE APPROACH WITH BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL
What began as one Resource Center with 30 students has quickly grown to more than 70, serving over 35,000 students each year. We’re honored to have helped hundreds of thousands of students change the stories they thought were already written. Their hard work and success drives us to work toward ending the dropout problem in California… and beyond.
CENTERS OF HOPE
More than half of the students we serve start out two or more years behind in their education, but through our program of advanced academic support and tutoring, goal-setting and mentorship, we’re able to boost our state’s lowest-performing students to an impressive 86% graduation rate. Many of our Resource Centers are located in low-income communities, offering a safe, warm and quiet place to learn.
LEARNING ON THE GO
At-risk students in rural areas often have difficulty finding transportation to get to school. With our Mobile Learning Center, we provide local access to a results-oriented, personalized educational experience that wouldn’t be possible any other way.
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES
We drive economic development by creating new resource centers in stagnant retail plazas — they act as anchors that revive and attract other businesses. Partnering with local businesses and community leaders, our job-training programs contribute to a more skilled and productive workforce. The effect is a tangible difference that can be felt throughout the neighborhood.
Riverside’s economy is significantly impacted by the manufacturing industry. Thanks to our localized Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, students earn vocational certifications alongside school credits, giving them one more reason to stay in school. In our first year in Riverside, the entire county’s graduation rate rose by nearly one percentage point².
(LOS ANGELES COUNTY)
When we opened our first learning center in 2001, 16% of Lancaster’s population lived at or below the poverty level³, and many Lancaster students were at risk of dropping out. What started as one learning center with only 30 students has quickly grown to several, servicing more than 1,300 students per week. The good news: Lancaster’s young adult dropout population has fallen from 35% to 19%⁴⁵ since we opened our doors.
(SAN DIEGO COUNTY)
Today, there are 50,000 Chaldeans living in San Diego County, many of whom are uneducated refugee students who are too old to attend public schools⁶. To address the challenge, we hired Chaldean-speaking teachers and tutors to help students acclimate to life in a new country, and complete their secondary schooling. Today, we serve nearly 1,000 students in San Diego County.
Fresno, one of California’s fastest-growing counties⁷, has the highest poverty rate in the state and the second highest in the nation⁸ ⁹. Working agricultural jobs⁹, residents tend to live in rural areas, far from educational resources. Our Mobile Learning Center brings school to rural students, significantly improving attendance and giving them a viable path towards graduation… and out of poverty.
Through partnerships with local schools, parents, and teachers, at-risk students and dropouts are referred to Learn4Life. In our fully accredited program, highly qualified, credentialed teachers help get students back on track with CORE curriculum so they can recover credits and return to graduate with their class. For students who have “aged out” of the public school system, we offer a second chance to earn a real high school diploma — an opportunity that would otherwise have been impossible. Sponsoring districts monitor our progress, facilitated by an independent board that audits our program regularly. Our school board partners have been pleased with the results — we consistently maintain the highest Academic Performance Index (API) scores and growth when compared to other alternative schools in the same areas.
As a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) partner, we work with local businesses and national corporations to provide relevant job training to students in need. Boosting work readiness skills not only improves our students’ chances for employability, it also strengthens our state’s workforce and economy.