In the South Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, less than half of adult residents have a high school diploma and only 4% hold a bachelor’s degree.
Even while crime rates lower and civic and community engagement rises, the city’s predominantly Latinx and African American youth are not receiving the opportunities they deserve to graduate from college.
In 2015, College Track partnered with the Wasserman Foundation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, and Green Dot Public Schools to bring new educational resources to the community.
At our impressive and convenient center on the Jordan High School campus, our students show up ready to learn and determined to design a brighter future for themselves and their families.
A View Inside…
At College Track Watts, our students not only build their own futures-they build their own robots too! In addition to a heavy focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), our academic workshops include interactive robotics instruction that incorporates app development, 3D printing and GIS mapping. Students spend hours working independently or in small groups on their projects. They even compete in local robotics competitions!
What Our Students Have Achieved
students currently enrolled
identify as students of color
matriculate to a two- or four-year college
Scholar Spotlight: Tyre’onna, Green Dot Animo College Prep Academy
I always knew I was capable of graduating from high school, going to college, and becoming successful. I even knew that I wanted to become a veterinarian! But when it came to understanding how I’d reach these goals, I felt lost and too quiet to ask for help. Then College Track showed up to my middle school, and talked with us about the program. I immediately applied.
College Track has given me opportunities to become involved in things and develop my passions. I get excited about preparing for college and talking with my advisors. I go on college tours–at place UCLA, USC, and Pomona–and think: “I belong here.”
I am an active and engaged member of my community, eager to earn my degree and prove that a Black girl from Watts can do anything she sets her mind to. I will own my future, knowing that I have College Track to help me along the way.
Our partners join us in celebrating the culture and vitality in Watts. They understand what’s at stake for our students and have worked tirelessly to support our program from its founding to its first Launch to College.
Los Angeles Local Advisory Board
Laura Wasserman Board Chair
Tracey Monroe Executive Director, UBS Asset Management
Chris Paul Professional Basketball Player, National Basketball Association
Vanessa Spencer Casting Director
Antonio Villaraigosa Former Mayor of Los Angeles
Prophet Walker CEO and Co-founder, Treehouse Co-living