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Proudly sporting USC Dornsife’s Young Scientists t-shirts, two young participants in the program learn basic coding during the computer science and robotics workshop held April 6 at 32nd Street USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Bringing the art of robotics to underserved kids near USC

April 13, 2016

Fourth-grader Cody Cartier proudly held aloft a bristlebot, a tiny robot he had made by attaching a vibrating motor and a battery to a toothbrush head. Grinning happily, he dipped his bristlebot into a bowl of blue paint and…

USC Dornsife junior Cashae Ellis discusses 2016 Ballot measures with a group of high school students studying local government. Photos by Mike Glier.

Undergraduates lead civic engagement program for local high school students

April 4, 2016

Despite most being bilingual themselves, New Designs Charter Schools students Michael, Cora, Joselyn, Emmanuel, Eduardo and Alejandro finished their group discussion on California’s Multilingual Education Act, split on…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

USC Joint Educational Project (JEP) manager DJ Kast watching the Northern Lights during a trip to Iceland in December. Photo by Roee Fung.

One of Forbes’ ‘30 under 30,’ Dieuwertje Kast is educating next-gen STEM leaders.

January 25, 2016

Resplendent in a dress patterned with the periodic table of elements, there can be no doubt that Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast is passionate about her subject. Recently recognized as one of Forbes’ 2016 “30…

Young students from James A. Foshay Learning Center pose with the new books they received as holiday gifts from their USC student tutors. Photos courtesy of Tina Koneazny.

Elementary school students receive donated books for the holidays from their USC student tutors

December 14, 2015

Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz once said, “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” Recently, USC student tutors from the Joint Educational Project (JEP) did just that when they distributed 600…

YSP TA Alison Kamikawa, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention at USC, helps Weemes Elementary students Samantha Hidalgo (left) and Clarissa Varela, play computer games using Makey Makeys, a program board that allows them to substitute conductive substances like modeling clay or bananas for computer keys. Photos by Susan Bell.

Making science cool for kids

December 11, 2015

Sporting a black USC Dornsife Young Scientists Program T-shirt, fourth grader Lea Stevenson was proudly clutching her first-ever flash drive — a gift to each student who participated in the computer workshop organized by…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

The Joint Educational Project’s intensive internship program affords would-be lawyers and law school applicants real-world experience in the field. Here students attend a training session led by junior Jiaqi Wang, left. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Ahead of the Game

February 9, 2015

Going into her junior year, Lillian Zazueta decided she wanted to pursue a career in law. Investigating related internship opportunities, the comparative literature major and Russian minor learned about the Joint Educational…

As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

CBS Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein demonstrates the weather predicting facilities at his mobile weather van to young participants in the Joint Educational Project's WonderKids program at 32nd Street School/USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Forecast Looks Sunny

November 25, 2014

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” CBS chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein instructed children at 32nd Street School near USC University Park campus. Rubenstein visited the USC Performing Arts Magnet school…