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Joan Macy School

Joan Macy School


Joan Macy School is a specialized, non-public school for at-risk students grades 1-12, who are placed with us by their local school districts. Practical instructional skills are integrated into the classroom experience to promote the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in society today. Students follow school district graduation requirements, with special guidance for those behind schedule. We also offer exposure to community activities such as field trips, dual enrollment, regional occupational programs, and full mainstreaming back to public school as appropriate.

We offer individual and crisis counseling, behavior management training, social skills training, transitional and vocational training, speech and language therapy, door-to-door transportations, healthy living and physical education, and one-to-one services.

Eligible students have access to the San Antonio and East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Programs and an on-campus Work Experience Program, where students gain hands-on job training and earn both a work allowance and vocational credits.

We adhere to the Common Core State Standards developed by the State of California. Individualized adaptations to curriculum are done on an as needed basis. Math curriculum includes California-adopted My Math, California Math Course 1-3, and Core Curriculum Integrated Math I & II. Our English Language Arts curriculum includes California adopted California Journeys and Collections California.

 


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Street Law Clinic

Understanding their place in society is important for all young adults. To this end, Joan Macy School has many for years partnered with the Street Law Clinic offered by Professor Laura Dym Cohen through Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. The clinic teaches legal life skills to high school students at Joan Macy School and throughout Los Angeles County. Law students step into the roles of teacher, mentor, and advocate to empower at-risk youth to make better choices, overcome adversity, and build stronger futures.

These participatory lessons inform the teenagers about their rights and the laws that apply to them, and provide legal information and resources they need to successfully transition to independent living and adulthood. Law students teach a weekly 90-minute lesson using active-learning methodology at sites arranged by the clinic director, as well as meet with their students individually to ensure that each has a plan as they leave high school. Based on this plan, the law students prepare a resource binder specific for each youth that targets their needs and interests, focusing on housing, employment and education.

For more information on Street Law Clinic, contact:

Laura Dym Cohen
Clinical Professor of Law and Director
Street Law Clinic and Public Service Programs
Southwestern Law School

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How to Give Back in the Workplace

There are some things that belong in the workplace and some that don’t. Luckily, supporting nonprofit organizations has a time and a place where you work! Today, many companies are focused on giving back to their communities on important topics that their team members care about. 

If those types of philanthropic efforts don’t yet exist, this is your chance to create new programs that will continue to give back for years to come. Check out these ways that you can begin to give back in the workplace.

 

Take Advantage of Matching Gifts

Many companies offer a “matching gifts” program. This means that you can choose an organization and the company will match your contributions up to a certain amount. Matching gifts programs may be done using specific software where you can only donate to organizations who have signed up with that solution. Do your research to find out if your company has a program like this that you can contribute toward. If not, see if they might be willing to start. 

 

Host a Day of Giving

Offer up a day of giving back to your coworkers, whether it be after work, on a weekend or if your employer is willing to let you take a work day to give back. It’s important to focus on causes other than simply working with your coworkers to help build camaraderie, and giving back is a perfect example.

If this doesn’t already exist, you could be the one to organize a day of giving for your company. Choose a cause that helps your community or has a special meaning to you or multiple people at your company. 

 

Educate Your Coworkers

It is a proven fact that people give money to causes that they care about. Your coworkers may not be familiar with a cause that is near and dear to your heart. Tell them about the next time you volunteer and your experience. Explain why you care so deeply for the organization. You may recruit the next volunteer or fundraising superstar for your favorite organization. 

Remember, the conversation doesn’t have to be formal. When you open up to others about your own passions, they’ll open up about theirs and may even become interested in a cause you already love and support. 

 

All work and no giving back makes for a dull workplace! Talk to your employer about already existing programs such as matching gifts or time off to volunteer. If these programs don’t yet exist, this is your chance to pave the way! Speak with your employer about how you can establish volunteer opportunities.

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    785

  • Volunteer Hours

    1148

  • Youth Internship Hours

    231

  • Housing Provided

    46

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