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We teach youth of color to advocate for themselves and their communities, by providing a culturally relevant curriculum and academic support through a social justice lens.

The Urban Scholars program aims to support youth of color in increasing academic achievement, graduating from high school and transitioning to college. Urban Scholars participants receive the tools and resources to build knowledge of self for personal transformation, develop critical consciousness and achieve academic success.


If you operate a school committed to improving educational outcomes for young men of color, we want to work with you.  

SJLI programming is typically offered during the school day as an elective period, or as an extra-curricular offering. All participating school sites will receive a designated school site coordinator to work directly with your selected instructors. 

Instructors Receive:

  • Complete curriculum
  • Curriculum training and ongoing support
  • Regular professional development

Students Receive:

  • College preparation education and guidance
  • Exposure to college level coursework
  • College field trips & tours
  • Academic and leadership retreats
  • Educational conferences and trainings 
  • Scholarship assistance 
  • Heritage-based education


Inglewood Unified School District

Morningside High School

Los Angeles Unified School District

Charles Drew Middle School

Dymally High School

Augustus Hawkins High School

John C. Fremont High School

Samuel Gompers Middle School

University Pathways Medical Magnet 

Cesar Chavez Continuation High Schools:

Cesar Chavez Compton

Chavez Centennial 

Chavez Dominguez

Antelope Valley Union High School District:

Palmdale High School

Antelope Valley High School

Eastside High School