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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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Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent activist during the Civil Rights Movement, practicing nonviolent forms of protest. Recognized as a hero by many, the third Monday of every January is recognized as a federal holiday—Martin Luther King (MLK) Day. This year, MLK Day falls on January 16, 2023. There are various ways you can celebrate this holiday to carry on the legacy of Dr. King. Check out these ideas for the upcoming day! 

 

Use your day off to give back.

Although you may have the day off of work, you can use it as a day to give back. Find local volunteer opportunities in your community. Dedicate a portion of your day off to making the world a better place in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. You could organize a local community trash pickup, or volunteer at one of your favorite organizations.

 

Listen to the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

Use this federal holiday to listen to Dr. King’s famous speeches or read his quotes. Some of his famous quotes that still care great meaning today include:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

“The time is always right to do what is right."

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

 

Find a new cause you love.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood up for a cause he strongly believed in. Use this day to pick a cause that you’re passionate about and would like to be an advocate for. Consider your passions. Consider injustices in the world. Consider needs in the community for organizations that may not even exist! 

 

Educate yourself.

Use the day to educate yourself on the work that still needs to be done for equal rights. Even though the Civil Rights Movement was in the 1950s and 1960s, we still have work to do in order to celebrate equal rights to all. Use this day to read up on organizations that exist today to promote equal rights and the work that there is to still be done.

 

Go to an event.

There are parades, marches and celebrations held around the country every year on MLK day. Use this as an opportunity to show up in your community. If a celebration doesn’t exist in your community, use this time to create an event that can become an annual tradition.

 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped make the world a better place and advocated for equal rights for everyone. Use MLK Day as a time to honor his legacy by giving back or doing something good for somebody else. Even though MLK Day is one day of the year, you can continue these sentiments all year long! 

Our Impact This Year

  • Youth & Families Served

    486

  • Youth Internship Hours

    625

  • Housing Provided

    44

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