Behind the Scenes

This year, the month between the arrival of college acceptance letters and college commitment day was one filled with anxiety and trepidation. The mental toll of the pandemic sent many of our students into a panic; they could no longer visualize themselves leaving home. We knew the only way to fuel their forward motion and lessen their apprehension was to get them onto campus. So we did. Flights were booked, schedules were rearranged, gas tanks were filled and staff and students hit the road. Thank you for providing the funding needed to ensure our students were able to commit with…
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Students Explore Careers at AEG

One facet of our career development programming is exposing students to the myriad of job possibilities available after college graduation. Last week, AEG welcomed our high school students to their Arena.  Students learned more about AEG and they engaged with a panel of professionals who hold positions across different sectors of the company.  The panelists shared both sage advice and a bit about their paths to their current careers.  Afterwards, students were led on a tour of the arena and invited to watch the LA Kings play the Seattle Kraken. It was an incredible day and we could not be…
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2022 College Acceptances

We are proud to share the collective and impressive list of colleges that accepted our high school seniors.  Our students were fierce competitors; this admissions season saw a 22% increase in applications, making an already formidable task that much more so.*  We look forward to sharing the students’ decisions with you in May. *Common App Report November 2021
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A Family Affair

Did you know that an an estimated 10-40% of college-intending students who have applied to, been accepted by, and made a deposit to a college or university, fail to matriculate to that college (or any other) in the fall following their high school graduation?  The population DTS serves (students of color, low-income, first-generation) is the most likely not to matriculate.*  We ensure matriculation happens through intentional programming starting as early as 8th grade.  As students move closer to high school graduation, we begin our comprehensive Transition to College workshops. Entering college is not just a transition for the student, but…
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College Senior Spotlight

Rukhsar, after her high school graduation in 2018, is now completing her senior year at UCLA. Upon graduation, she plans to enter the field of education. During a recent check-in, she shared two ways in which DTS has played a role in supporting her success and in valuing her overall wellness.  Seeking practical and relevant job experience prior to graduation, she applied to be a site coordinator for a teen mentoring program at the Islamic Center of Hawthorne. Rukhsar felt overwhelmed by all that was required to apply for the position.  She shares, “I reached out to DTS for help with polishing my resume, proofreading my supplemental questions,…
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