SHHS Student Support Programs

  • College Empowerment

    Purpose  
    The College Empowerment Program provides comprehensive, evidence-based multi-tiered supports, and services focused on mitigating barriers to college access for underrepresented and underserved student populations. Our program specifically targets services to support our students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, living in poverty, and English learners in order to bridge the college access gap.

    Description
    The College Empowerment Program is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Health and Human Services and Division of Instruction to increase college access and college completion among Los Angeles Unified School District graduates. Four College Empowerment School Social Workers provide services to select comprehensive high schools and their associated continuation high school. These schools were identified utilizing the District's 2017-2018 Student Equity-Based Index. Schools were selected based on the highest duplicated equity index counts in each local district.

    Objectives

    • Awareness: Increase awareness and understading of postsecondary options and resources 
    • Eligibility: Increase passage of A-G courses with a C or better and completion of requirements necessary for college entrance success
    • Preparedness: Increase student aspirations and beliefs in college attainment and develop knowledge, skills, dispositions and attributes necessary for post-secondary success
    • Access: Increase college access for underrepresented populations and activities related to college planning, admission, and financial aid 
    • Access: Increase number of students enrolling, attending, persisting, and completing college

     

  • Program Contact

    Specialist:

    Zarmenee Helwani
    333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Email: zarmenee.helwani@lausd.net  

  • Department Contact

    Director:

    Denise Miranda, Ed. D.
    333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 29th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Phone: (213) 241-3840
    Email: denise.miranda@lausd.net